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FELDENE® (piroxicam) Highlights

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FELDENE® (piroxicam) capsules, for oral use
Initial U.S. Approval: 1982

WARNING: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS

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  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use (5.1)
  • FELDENE is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery (4, 5.1)
  • NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events (5.2)

RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

Warnings and Precautions, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulceration, and Perforation (5.2) 5/2019

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

FELDENE is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for

  • Relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) (1)
  • Relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (1)

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Use the lowest effective dosage for shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals (2)
  • OA and RA: 20 mg once daily (2)

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

FELDENE (piroxicam) capsules: 10 mg and 20 mg (3)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Known hypersensitivity to piroxicam or any components of the drug product (4)
  • History of asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs (4)
  • In the setting of CABG surgery (4)

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Hepatotoxicity: Inform patients of warning signs and symptoms of hepatotoxicity. Discontinue if abnormal liver tests persist or worsen or if clinical signs and symptoms of liver disease develop (5.3)
  • Hypertension: Patients taking some antihypertensive medications may have impaired response to these therapies when taking NSAIDs. Monitor blood pressure (5.4, 7)
  • Heart Failure and Edema: Avoid use of FELDENE in patients with severe heart failure unless benefits are expected to outweigh risk of worsening heart failure (5.5)
  • Renal Toxicity: Monitor renal function in patients with renal or hepatic impairment, heart failure, dehydration, or hypovolemia. Avoid use of FELDENE in patients with advanced renal disease unless benefits are expected to outweigh risk of worsening renal function (5.6)
  • Anaphylactic Reactions: Seek emergency help if an anaphylactic reaction occurs (5.7)
  • Exacerbation of Asthma Related to Aspirin Sensitivity: FELDENE is contraindicated in patients with aspirin-sensitive asthma. Monitor patients with preexisting asthma (without aspirin sensitivity) (5.8)
  • Serious Skin Reactions: Discontinue FELDENE at first appearance of skin rash or other signs of hypersensitivity (5.9)
  • Premature Closure of Fetal Ductus Arteriosus: Avoid use in pregnant women starting at 30 weeks gestation (5.10, 8.1)
  • Hematologic Toxicity: Monitor hemoglobin or hematocrit in patients with any signs or symptoms of anemia (5.11, 7)

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Most common adverse reactions (incidence >2% from clinical trials) are: nausea, constipation, flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, edema, rash. (6.1)


To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Pfizer at 1-800-438-1985 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Drugs that Interfere with Hemostasis (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs]/serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors [SNRIs]): Monitor patients for bleeding who are concomitantly taking FELDENE with drugs that interfere with hemostasis. Concomitant use of FELDENE and analgesic doses of aspirin is not generally recommended (7)
  • Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB), or Beta-Blockers: Concomitant use with FELDENE may diminish the antihypertensive effect of these drugs. Monitor blood pressure (7)
  • ACE Inhibitors and ARBs: Concomitant use with FELDENE in elderly, volume depleted, or those with renal impairment may result in deterioration of renal function. In such high risk patients, monitor for signs of worsening renal function (7)
  • Diuretics: NSAIDs can reduce natriuretic effect of furosemide and thiazide diuretics. Monitor patients to assure diuretic efficacy including antihypertensive effects (7)
  • Digoxin: Concomitant use of FELDENE can increase serum concentration and prolong half-life of digoxin. Monitor serum digoxin levels (7)

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • Pregnancy: Use of NSAIDs during the third trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus. Avoid use of NSAIDs in pregnant women starting at 30 weeks gestation (5.10, 8.1)
  • Infertility: NSAIDs are associated with reversible infertility. Consider withdrawal of FELDENE in women who have difficulties conceiving (8.3)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION and Medication Guide.

Revised: 5/2019

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