Patients who suffer from arthritis may take piroxicam to relieve inflammation, pain, tenderness and stiffness associated with the disease. This medication is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. It works by inhibiting the body’s ability to produce an enzyme that contributes to fever and inflammation.
This medication can cause both heart and stomach problems. Patients who are on this medication are more likely to have heart attacks or strokes, especially if they have a personal or family history of heart disease. Patients who are candidates for coronary bypass surgery or who have recently had this surgery should not take this medication. The medication can also cause ulcers and gastrointestinal perforation. Patients who have severe stomach pain while on this medication should see their doctors as soon as possible, especially if they also have blood in the stool.