Tenoxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Only use this medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Tenoxicam is used to relieve pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by joint diseases in the knee, shoulder, and hips. It is also used to relieve moderate to severe pains such as muscle pain and menstrual cramps. This medicine may cause worsening asthma, stomach ulcers, and heart diseases. If you must take tenoxicam, inform your healthcare provider about your condition before you use it.
- Tenoxicam is available in 20mg capsules, tablets and injections.
- You should take the 20mg tablets or capsules once daily with or after food for 7-14 days. The highest daily dose is 20mg. Your healthcare may prescribe a lower dose depending on your medical condition and age.
- Swallow the capsule or tablet whole with water. Do not chew or crush the capsules or tablets.
- Tenoxicam injections are given into the veins or muscles. Your healthcare provider will administer them to you for one or two days, switching you to tablets or capsules afterwards.
- Do not drink alcohol while using this medicine.
- If you have a stomach ulcer, take your antacids when using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider for a replacement medicine if possible.
- If you miss a dose, use it when you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you use more of the medicine than prescribed.
Side-effects that you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Stomach pain.
- Watery stools.
- Hard stools.
- Feeling like vomiting.
- Skin rash, if you are allergic to this medicine.
In more severe cases, you may experience:
- Stomach ulcers and bleeding.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest pain or heart attack.
- Ringing in your ears.
Report any other side-effects you may experience to your health care provider.
- Tenoxicam should not be used for persons younger than 18 years old.
- This medicine increases your risk of heart attack or stroke, with or without prior heart disease.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Inform your healthcare provider if you have active stomach ulcers before using this medicine.
- Tenoxicam worsens asthma. If you are asthmatic, inform your healthcare provider before using this medicine.
- It may cause some kidney or liver problems when you use it for long periods.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery. You may bleed a lot.
- Inform your healthcare provider of the other medicines you are taking, including herbal pills. It may cause you to bleed more if you use drugs like warfarin.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you must use it, inform your healthcare provider about your condition.
- You should not use tenoxicam for more than 14 days. However, if your healthcare provider prescribes it for long-term treatment, you may regularly need to take blood tests. Your healthcare provider will also monitor you for signs of stomach bleeding.