Feldene and the generic alternative Piroxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID that is prescribed to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis when other medications have failed to show an improvement. Both of these types of arthritis are the most common that people are treated for, out of the 100 plus that exist. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
There is no cure for arthritis but you can help reduce your symptoms with the help of Feldene, losing weight, staying as active as this conditions allows, and increase your intake of foods with lots of antioxidants, such as artichokes, kidney beans, and cranberries.
As a Cox-inhibitor, Feldene works by inhibiting the cyclo-oxygenase enzyme in order to impede the production of prostaglandins. These are hormone-like compounds that are the reason for the symptoms endured when you have arthritis. Prostaglandins act as an immune response to a threat or injury and cause inflammation to flood the area with white blood cells to start the healing process. By diminishing their numbers, symptoms are reduced.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that is capable of causing a severe disability. Auto-immune conditions cause your own body to attack your joints and connective tissues. This results in the erosion of two opposing bones that rub together painfully when in motion. This can cause deformities if left untreated. When taken as directed, Feldene or Piroxicam generic can help to suppress your immune system to relieve the inflammation and allow your joints to recuperate.
Osteoarthritis (OA) can occur from daily wear and tear on your joints but may be due to an injury. OA starts in your cartilage and results in bone on bone pain that can accelerate from a minor ache to a continual pain on your weight-bearing joints. Although there is no cure for arthritis, Feldene or generic Piroxicam can provide relief from pain and inflammation to allow you to carry on with your daily activities.
Tell your physician about other health conditions you have and any current OTC or prescription meds you are taking. Remember to include supplements and herbal remedies as these can affect how Feldene works in your body or that may cause unintended side effects.
You should not take Feldene for longer than recommended as NSAIDs can occasionally cause serious side effects in the gut, such as ulceration, bleeding, or perforation of the stomach or intestinal lining. Your doctor may recommend a low-dose of Feldene for maintenance treatment and increase it for the times your arthritis flares-up.
All medications should be kept out of children’s reach and away from pets and never share your meds with anyone.