Pirocam is a drug to relieve inflammation and joint pain in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Pirocam contains 20 mg of piroxicam.

Pirocam works by reducing the synthesis or formation of prostaglandins, which are compounds in the body that cause symptoms of inflammation when there is injury or tissue damage. This drug is available in capsule form and should only be used according to a doctor's prescription.


What is Pirocam

Active Ingredients Piroxicam
class  Prescription drug
Category Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs )
Consumed by Mature
Pirocam for pregnant and lactating women Category C (in the first and second trimester):  Animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

 Category D (in the third trimester):  There is positive evidence of risk to the human fetus, but the benefits may outweigh the risks, for example in dealing with a life-threatening situation.

Pirocam can be absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medication without telling your doctor.

Drug form  Capsule

Warning Before Consuming Pirocam

Before taking this drug, you need to pay attention to the following things:

  • Do not take Pirocam if you are allergic to piroxicam or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have.
  • Consult the use of Pirocam with your doctor if you have or currently suffer from  asthma , kidney disease, hypertension , heart attack, stroke , liver disease, or stomach ulcers.
  • Consult a doctor about using Pirocam for seniors over 75 years of age.
  • Pirocam should not be used by children under 18 years of age. Discuss with your doctor if you want to give this medicine to children.
  • Pirocam should not be used before and after heart bypass surgery ( coronary artery bypass graft ), because this drug can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, supplements or herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Immediately see a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction, serious side effects, or an overdose after taking Pirocam.

Dosage and Rules for Using Pirocam

Pirocam dosage varies based on the age of the patient. The dose of piroxicam to relieve pain and inflammation due to  osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients is 1 capsule of 20 mg Pirocam, once a day. Especially for elderly patients, the dose starts from the lowest dose with a shorter duration of treatment.

How to Use Pirocam Properly

Follow the doctor 's recommendations and read the information printed on the drug packaging before taking Pirocam. Do not reduce or increase your dose without consulting your doctor first.

Pirocam should be taken with meals or immediately after meals. Swallow the capsule whole with the help of a glass of water.

While undergoing treatment with Pirocam, your doctor will ask you to do blood tests, liver function tests, or kidney function tests regularly to monitor the body's response to the drug.

Try to take Pirocam at the same time every day so that the drug can work optimally. Treatment generally lasts for 2 weeks until symptoms improve.

If you forget to take Pirocam, it is recommended to drink it immediately if the break with the next consumption schedule is not too close. If it's close, ignore it and don't double the dose.

Store Pirocam at room temperature and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Keep this drug out of reach of children.

Pirocam Interactions with Other Drugs

The following are some of the effects of drug interactions that can occur when Pirocam is used with other drugs:

  • Decreased effectiveness of diuretic drugs or  ACE inhibitors
  • Increased risk of stomach and intestinal bleeding when used with corticosteroids , nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin , antidepressants selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), antiplatelets , or  anticoagulants , such as warfarin 
  • Increased risk of seizures when used with quinolones
  • Increased risk of kidney damage when used with  ciclosporin or tacrolimus
  • Increased levels of lithium or methotrexate in the blood

Side Effects and Dangers of Pirocam

Some of the side effects that can appear after consuming Pirocam are:

  • Headache
  • Dizzy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or heartburn
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Ringing ears

Consult a doctor if the side effects above do not subside immediately or get worse. You need to see a doctor immediately if you experience an allergic drug reaction or more serious side effects, such as:

  • Coughing up blood , having bloody bowel movements, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Easy bruising or unusual bleeding
  • Urinating infrequently or passing very little urine, swelling of your feet or ankles, or feeling unusually tired
  • Jaundice , dark urine, or loss of appetite
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