What is tenoxicam used for?
Tenoxicam is part of a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically a non-selective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor. NSAIDs are used to treat various causes of pain, inflammation, and swelling. It can also aid in reducing fever.
COX inhibitors work by blocking the action of either or both the COX-1 and COX-1 enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandin, which are a group of substances that regulate many cellular processes such as platelet aggregation, vasodilation, gastric mucus secretion, and proinflammatory mediators.
Tenoxicam is mainly indicated to treat the following conditions:
- Acute musculoskeletal disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How should I take tenoxicam?
Tenoxicam is available as a vial with a powdered suspension for injection and oral tablets. The parenteral solution is typically administered by a licensed health professional in a clinical setting. It should be reconstituted with sterile water for injection prior to injection, either via IM or IV routes.
The oral tablet should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing it. The tablets should be taken with food to prevent gastric irritation.
How do I store tenoxicam?
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using tenoxicam?
NSAIDs, including tenoxicam, are associated with an increased risk of bleeding and gastric ulceration. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, those taking blood thinners, and those with blood clotting disorders.
Some groups of people with conditions like asthma or allergic rhinitis may experience an exacerbation of symptoms after using NSAIDs.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:
- You have ever had an allergic reaction to tenoxicam or other NSAIDs
- You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances
- You are taking other medications, especially other NSAIDs and blood thinners
- You have underlying health conditions
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy and is contraindicated for use during the 3rd trimester. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.
What side effects can occur when using tenoxicam?
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
- Stomach upset
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reaction
- Blood abnormalities
- Eye irritation
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these serious, potentially fatal drug reactions:
- Arterial thrombotic events
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Gastrointestinal damage
- Peptic ulceration
- Severe hypersensitivity reaction
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Serum sickness
- Hematologic abnormalities
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with tenoxicam?
This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.
Known drugs and their interactions with tenoxicam include:
- Other NSAIDs
- GI distress
- GI distress
- Prolonged bleeding
- GI bleeding
- Decreased elimination
- Decreased sodium excretion
- Increased toxicity
- Decreased control of blood pressure
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
Does food or alcohol interact with tenoxicam?
The absorption rate is slightly decreased with food, however, taking it with a meal prevents gastrointestinal distress. This drug should not be taken with alcohol as it may increase the risk of gastrointestinal ulceration, bleeding, and hepatotoxicity.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
What health conditions may interact with tenoxicam?
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
- Active bronchial asthma
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Other cardiovascular diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Conditions that require surgery
- Elderly patients over the age of 60
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using tenoxicam.
What is the dose of tenoxicam for an adult?
For acute musculoskeletal disorders, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
- Oral: take 20 mg once a day for 7 to 14 days, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It is best to take it at the same time each day.
- IV/IM: reconstitute the drug then initially administer 20 mg once a day for 1 to 2 days. Switch to the oral dosage form for a total of 7 to 14 days, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It is best to take it at the same time each day.
Dose adjustments for elderly patients
- Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible duration
What is the dose of tenoxicam for a child?
This drug is not recommended for use in children and the recommended dose has not been established. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.
How is tenoxicam available?
This drug is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Oral tablet 20 mg
- Lyophilized powder for reconstitution and injection 20 mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room. Management is symptomatic treatment. Convulsions should be treated with IV diazepam.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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