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Piroxicam is a prescription drug that is used to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, among other conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. The drug is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and it works by inhibiting certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It comes in the form of a capsule and should be taken with a glass of water. Piroxicam and other NSAIDs have a number of potential side effects, including diarrhea, gas, and heartburn.

What Is Piroxicam?

Piroxicam (Feldene®) is a prescription medicine used to treat pain, inflammation, swelling, and/or stiffness. It is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short.
 

Who Makes Piroxicam?

It is manufactured by Pfizer.
 

What Is It Used For?

Piroxicam has been licensed for the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Piroxicam is not a cure for the types of arthritis mentioned above, nor does it slow the progression of the disease.
 
(Click What Is Piroxicam Used For? for more information on these uses, as well as possible off-label uses of the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Piroxicam and other NSAIDs work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.
 

Effects

By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, piroxicam is useful for reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and painful conditions.
 
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