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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Tenoxicam belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (a type of arthritis involving the spine), tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon), bursitis (inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac located around joints and near the bones), and periarthritis of the shoulders or hips (inflammation of tissues surrounding these joints).

Tenoxicam works by interfering with the production of compounds in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Tenoxicam may begin to work early in the treatment but for certain types of arthritis up to 2 weeks may pass before you notice the full benefits of this medication.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult dose of tenoxicam is 20 mg taken once daily. Some people may require lower doses to control pain and inflammation. Higher doses are not recommended as they do not provide any additional benefit.

This medication should be taken at the same time each day and immediately after a meal or after food to avoid stomach upset.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

20 mg
Each yellow, oval, biconvex, film-coated tablet, engraved "20" and partially bisected on one side, contains 20 mg of tenoxicam. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose hydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, yellow ferric oxide, and carnauba wax.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to tenoxicam or any ingredients of the medication
  • are a senior who will been given anesthesia or have surgery
  • are at risk of increased bleeding
  • are at risk of kidney failure
  • have an active inflammatory disease involving the stomach or intestine (e.g., ulcerative colitis)
  • have an active stomach or intestinal ulcer
  • have had an acute asthmatic attack, hives, rhinitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the nasal passage), or other allergic reactions caused by ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen)



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