Feldene
DESCRIPTION

Feldene is a medication used to treat pain and inflammation that occurs as a result of arthritis. This NSAID is also known as Piroxicam.

How it works

This drug works similar to any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug in the market. It blocks the properties that cause inflammation in the body. This way, it is able to reduce the pain to a significant degree.

Uses

Feldene is used to treat a number of side effects that occur due to arthritis. This includes pain, inflammation and joint stiffness. Moreover, Feldene can also be used to treat pain that results from gout attacks.

Dosage

This medication is prescribed to be consumed once a day, by mouth, with a full glass of water. You must not go to bed soon after taking this drug. Roam around or stay awake for at least 10 minutes before you lie down on your bed. Sometimes, taking Feldene can cause stomach upset. In such cases, make sure to take the drug along with food, milk or an anti-acid.

The dosage must only be determined by a physician, based on your medical condition and response to the therapy. Your physician might sometimes suggest you a low dosage at the beginning in order to avoid stomach bleeding. He or she will increase the dosage with time. Therefore, do not try to do this on your own.

It can take several weeks for you to experience the full benefits of this drug. During this time, do not increase the dosage without consulting a physician.

Side effects

The following are some side effects of Feldene which you need to look out for.

Dizziness
Drowsiness
Upset stomach
Nausea
Headaches

In some cases, you might experience side effects worse than the ones above. These are:

Mood changes
Signs of kidney problems
Signs of liver disease
Unusual tiredness
Unexplained stiff neck
Vision changes

Inthe event of such symptoms, you will need to contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Precautions

If you wish to reduce the risk of side effects, it is essential for you to adhere to the following precautionary instructions.

Inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic to NSAIDs or the ingredients used in Feldene.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of blood disorders, liver problems or heart disease.
Do not operate machinery after taking your daily dose since Feldene can make you drowsy.
Drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
Reduce alcohol consumption to decrease the risk of stomach bleeding.
This drug can make you sensitive to the sun. So, avoid going outdoors during the afternoon.
Be careful when giving this medication to senior citizens as they might be more sensitive to the side effects.

Self-care

This medication can have certain effects on an unborn child. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, speak to your doctor about the pros and cons of using this medication during this period.

Do not take this medication if you are breastfeeding your infant. Since this drug can be passed to children via breast milk, it is not entirely safe to follow the treatment.

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