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Feldene (Piroxicam)


Feldene (Piroxicam)

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Generic Equivalent - Feldene (Piroxicam)

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0.5% 30g gel

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  • Product Details


    Feldene is a medication prescribed for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Feldene works by inhibiting cyclooxygenase-1 and 2.

    Fact Table




    US FDA



    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    50 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    10mg, 20mg


    Consult Doctor



    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    The usual dosage is 20 mg by mouth once daily. Feldene should be taken with food to minimize stomach upset.


    The active ingredient is piroxicam.


    The most common drug-drug interactions are:

    • Abrocitinib
    • Acemetacin
    • Aminolevulinic Acid
    • Apixaban
    • Bemiparin
    • CycloSPORINE
    • Dabigatran Etexilate
    • Edoxaban
    • Enoxaparin
    • Heparin
    • Ketorolac
    • Lithium
    • Loop Diuretics
    • Macimorelin
    • Methotrexate
    • Mifamurtide
    • Nirmatrelvir
    • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents
    • Phenylbutazone
    • PRALAtrexate
    • Rivaroxaban
    • Salicylates
    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
    • Sincalide
    • Sodium Phosphates
    • Tenofovir Products
    • Tenoxicam
    • Urokinase
    • Vitamin K Antagonists


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart or kidney problems before taking this medication.

    Feldene may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some patients.

    Ask your doctor and pharmacist for a full list of precautions that might apply to you.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Abnormal dreams
    • Acute myocardial infarction
    • Agranulocytosis
    • Akathisia
    • Alopecia
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Anemia
    • Angioedema
    • Anorexia
    • Anxiety
    • Aplastic anemia
    • Asthenia
    • Asthma
    • Auditory impairment
    • Blurred vision
    • Bruise
    • Cardiac arrhythmia
    • Cardiac failure
    • Cerebrovascular accident 
    • Change in appetite
    • Colic
    • Coma
    • Confusion
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Constipation
    • Coronary thrombosis
    • Cystitis
    • Depression
    • Desquamation
    • Diaphoresis
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dyspepsia
    • Dyspnea
    • Dysuria
    • Ecchymoses
    • Edema
    • Eosinophilia
    • Epistaxis
    • Eructation
    • Erythema multiforme
    • Erythema of skin
    • Esophagitis
    • Exacerbation of angina pectoris
    • Exfoliative dermatitis
    • Female infertility
    • Fever
    • Flatulence
    • Fluid Retention
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Gastritis
    • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    • Gastrointestinal inflammation
    • Gastrointestinal perforation
    • Gastrointestinal ulcer
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Glossitis
    • Hallucination
    • Headache
    • Heartburn
    • Hematemesis
    • Hematuria
    • Hemolytic anemia
    • Hepatic failure
    • Hepatitis
    • Hepatotoxicity
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Hyperkalemia
    • Hypertension
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Hypotension
    • Increased liver enzymes
    • Infection
    • Insomnia
    • Interstitial nephritis
    • Jaundice
    • Leukopenia
    • Lymphadenopathy
    • Malaise
    • Melena
    • Meningitis
    • Mood changes
    • Nausea
    • Nephrotic syndrome
    • Nervousness
    • Oliguria
    • Onycholysis
    • Palpitations
    • Pancreatitis
    • Pancytopenia
    • Paresthesia
    • Petechial rash
    • Pneumonia
    • Polyuria
    • Positive ANA titer
    • Prolonged bleeding time
    • Proteinuria
    • Pruritus
    • Purpuric disease
    • RectalhHemorrhage
    • Renal failure syndrome
    • Renal function abnormality
    • Respiratory depression
    • Seizure
    • Sepsis
    • Serum sickness
    • Skin photosensitivity
    • Skin Rash
    • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • Stomatitis
    • Swelling of eye
    • Syncope
    • Tachycardia
    • Thrombocytopenia
    • Tinnitus
    • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • Tremor
    • Urticaria
    • Vasculitis
    • Vertigo
    • Vesiculobullous reaction
    • Vomiting
    • Weight Changes
    • Xerostomia


    1. Feldene [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc; 2015.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Feldene (Piroxicam)

    What is Feldene used for?

    Feldene (Piroxicam) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat symptoms of arthritis including joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.

    How should Feldene be taken?

    Feldene is typically taken orally once daily, and it's available in capsule form. The usual dosage for relief of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis is 20 mg given orally once per day.

    What are the available strengths of Feldene?

    Feldene is available as 10 mg and 20 mg capsules.

    What are the side effects of Feldene?

    Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and rash. Serious side effects may include severe stomach pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, and allergic reactions.

    How long does it take for Feldene to work?

    Although the therapeutic effects of Feldene are evident early in treatment, steady-state blood levels are not reached for 7 to 12 days due to its long half-life.

    Does Feldene cure arthritis?

    No, Feldene does not cure arthritis but helps in relieving symptoms as long as it is being taken.

    Is Feldene the same as Piroxicam?

    Yes, Feldene is the brand name for the drug Piroxicam.

    What group of drugs does Feldene belong to?

    Feldene belongs to a group of medications known as NSAIDs, which work by decreasing pain and inflammation.

    Are there any other forms of Feldene besides capsules?

    While the commonly used form is the oral capsule, there is also a gel form known as Piroxicam gel for topical use, primarily used for pain relief due to strains, sprains, backache, or arthritis.

    Are there any special precautions to follow while taking Feldene?

    Patients are advised to avoid the use of Feldene in cases of recent heart attacks unless the benefits are expected to outweigh the risks. It's also crucial to monitor for signs of cardiac ischemia if Feldene is used in such circumstances.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1945

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