PIROXICAM: This is in the drug class of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDís) used to treat arthritis. Piroxicam can be given to both cats and dogs to relieve pain, inflammation and to a lesser degree high temperature. NSAIDís action is to block cyclooxygenase enzymes 1 and 2, which lower prostaglandin levels that are higher in times of inflammation. Piroxicam has also been used in combination with other medications to treat some cancers in dogs and cats. It is recommended to give Piroxicam with food to minimize gastrointestinal side effects.
Warnings: Proper hydration is important since this medication can have problems with kidneys and stomach ulcers and irritation. Due to this, extended use may need monitoring for ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney function. Other considerations include caution in animals with decreased heart function.
Forms: This medication could be found in strengths available for human use.Fortunately, Pharmacy Solutions has many unique flavors specifically for animals such as chicken, beef, and fish.Compounded formulations for Piroxicam include liquid, gel or capsules to tailor doses specifically for your animalís needs.