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Apo-Piroxicam

Common Name
piroxicam


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00642886 APO-PIROXICAM 10MG CAPSULE
00642894 APO-PIROXICAM 20MG CAPSULE

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

Piroxicam belongs to the group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis (a condition associated with inflammation of the joints in the spine and between the spine and pelvis).

Piroxicam relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing a substance in the body that leads to inflammation and pain. Piroxicam will not cure your condition or prevent it from getting worse.

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 using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using 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 use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended dose of piroxicam ranges from 10 mg to 20 mg daily, depending on needs and circumstances. A dose of 20 mg can be taken as either 20 mg once daily or 10 mg twice daily. Take this medication immediately after food, or with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. The usual maximum daily dose is 20 mg. Piroxicam suppositories are also an alternative.

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 using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose and are taking piroxicam once a day, use it within 8 hours and continue with your regular schedule. If you have missed your dose by more than 8 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. If you miss a dose and are taking piroxicam twice a day, use it within 2 hours and continue with your regular schedule. If you have missed your dose by more than 2 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 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, protect it form light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

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?

10 mg
Each No. 2, maroon and blue capsule, printed with "APO 10", contains piroxicam 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: D&C Red No.28, FD&C Blue No.1, FD&C Red No.40, gelatin, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monolaurate, starch, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide.

20 mg
Each No. 2, maroon capsule, printed with "APO 20", contains piroxicam 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: D&C Red No.28, FD&C Blue No.1, FD&C Red No.40, gelatin, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monolaurate, starch, stearic acid, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are or may be allergic to piroxicam or any ingredients of this medication
  • are allergic to ASA or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, ketorolac, diclofenac) or have had allergic symptoms (e.g., runny nose; asthma; itchy skin rash; nasal polyps; swelling of the face, throat or tongue) caused by these medications
  • are breast-feeding
  • are in the third trimester (last 3 months) of pregnancy
  • have a bleeding disorder
  • have an inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
  • have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
  • have bleeding in the brain
  • have had recent or are going to have heart bypass surgery
  • have high blood potassium
  • have liver disease or severely reduced liver function
  • have severe uncontrolled heart failure
  • have severely reduced or worsening kidney function

Do not give this medication to children and adolescents under 16 years of age, or let them use it.

Do not use the suppository form of this medication if you have inflammation or recent bleeding from the anus or rectum.



 

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