Piroxicam is a drug used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, pain and rheumatoid arthritis. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which works by inhibiting chemicals known as prostaglandins, substances that initiate the inflammatory process. Typical side effects associated with piroxicam include diarrhea, constipation, headache and dizziness.
Piroxicam is a drug used in the treatment of pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Piroxicam may also be used for other purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
Piroxicam is used because it belongs to the NSAID, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, class of medicines. As such, piroxicam works by inhibiting an enzyme called COX (cyclooxygenase), an enzyme responsible for the production of pro-inflammatory mediators – such as prostaglandins.
Piroxicam is associated with its own range of potential side effects. Among these include abnormal liver function tests, tinnitus, rash, upset stomach, heartburn, and difficulty urinating.