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Overview

Uses of Minicam Gel

Minicam Gel side effects

Common
No common side effects seen

How to use Minicam Gel

This medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Clean and dry the affected area and apply the gel. Wash your hands after applying, unless hands are the affected area.

How Minicam Gel works

Minicam Gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation (pain and swelling).

Minicam Gel related warnings

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Minicam Gel may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Minicam Gel is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
The baby's skin should not come into direct contact with the treated area of skin. Water-miscible cream/gel is preferred as ointments may expose the baby to harmful effects of Minicam Gel via licking.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

What if you miss a dose of Minicam Gel?

If you miss a dose of Minicam Gel, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Minicam Gel helps relieve pain and swelling of various joints and muscles.
  • Rub it gently over the affected area, until it is absorbed.
  • Do not apply to broken, diseased, infected or irritated skin, or to open wounds.
  • Do not cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages, as these may increase the risk of side effects.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse it off with water if you accidentally get the gel in these areas.
  • Stop using Minicam Gel and immediately inform your doctor if you notice skin rashes, sores, blisters or ulcers in the mouth, nose, throat or genitals.
  • Do not use it for longer than four weeks without talking to to your doctor first.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Minicam

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i am having a pain in the knee due to osteoarthritis what medicine to followa lot of joint pain
Dr. Anshul Varshney
General Physician
Hi. Welcome to 1mg. I am Anshul Varshney for your help. You may take Tramadol for pain relief. Do hot fomentation and apply Diclofenac gel locally. Do knee strengthening exercises. If no relief , knee translant is the option.
I am facing too much pain in my legs (below knee) in muscles, they are also swollen & having strain.No relief after applying pain relief balm or gel
Dr. Akshay Choudhary
Ayurveda
Dont rub it Take Tab.Mobixox 1-0-1
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FAQs

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and diclofenac?

Both Minicam and diclofenac are pain killers. However, piroxicam is a non-selective COX (cyclooxygenase - an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) inhibitor whereas diclofenac has a bit more selectivity to a COX-2 enzyme. This selectivity of diclofenac is supposed to decrease the side effects as compared to Minicam.

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and naproxen?

Both Minicam and naproxen are pain killers. Both are non-selective COX (cyclooxygenase - an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain). Research studies have shown both are equally effective. However, gastric side effects are lesser with naproxen as compared to Minicam.

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and meloxicam?

Both Minicam and meloxicam are pain killers. Both are non-selective COX (cyclooxygenase - an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain). Research studies have shown both are equally effective. However, acute gastric side effects are lesser with meloxicam as compared to Minicam.

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and ketoprofen?

Both Minicam and ketoprofen are pain killers. Both are non-selective COX (cyclooxygenase -an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain). Research studies have shown ketoprofen topical gel is better and effective as compared to Minicam. Ketoprofen gel also showed excellent tolerability.

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and tramadol?

Minicam is a COX (cyclooxygenase -an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) whereas Tramadol is a narcotic-like painkiller. Tramadol is a habit forming medicine.

Q. What is the difference between Minicam and nimesulide?

Both Minicam and nimesulide are pain killers. However, Minicam is a non-selective COX (cyclooxygenase -an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) inhibitor whereas nimesulide is selective to the COX-2 enzyme. This selectivity of nimesulide is supposed to decrease the side effects as compared to piroxicam. It should not be used in children below 12 years of age.

Q. Can Minicam be used in the treatment of chikungunya?

Usually, the platelet count does not dip in cases of chikungunya and painkillers like piroxicam can lead to the risk of increased bleeding tendency. So refrain from taking Minicam or any painkiller in the case of any fever with joint pain. Consult your doctor before starting Minicam.

Q. Are Minicam and aspirin same?

No. Minicam and aspirin are not same. They belong to the same class of drugs known as COX (cyclooxygenase) inhibitors. They both are anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Q. Can Minicam be used along with dexamethasone?

No. Minicam should not be used with dexamethasone. They both increase each other's toxicity. There is an increased risk of GI ulceration.

Q. Can Minicam be used with methocarbamol?

Yes. Methocarbamol can be used with Minicam as no serious side effects are known. Inform your doctor before starting any of the medication.

Q. Can Minicam be used along with paracetamol?

Yes. Paracetamol can be used with Minicam as no serious side effects are known. Inform your doctor before starting any of the medication.

Q. Is Minicam a NSAID?

Yes. Minicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Q. Is Minicam a sulfa drug?

Minicam is a sulphur containing compound. Minicam can cause serious adverse events in sensitive individuals. It can cause severe skin reactions like Steven Johnson Syndrome. Do inform your doctor if you have any kind of allergies.

Q. Is Minicam a blood thinner?

No. Minicam is not a blood thinner. It is a pain killer. It should be avoided in a patient with a bleeding disorder.

Q. Is Minicam a muscle relaxant?

No. Minicam is not a muscle relaxant. It is a pain killer which acts on COX (cyclooxygenase -an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) enzyme.

Q. Is Minicam a narcotic?

No. Minicam is not a narcotic. It is a pain killer which acts on COX (cyclooxygenase -an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) enzyme to decrease the pain and inflammation.

Q. Can Minicam be used in hypertension?

No. Minicam is not a medication to control hypertension. It is important to note that Minicam decreases the effectiveness of the antihypertensive medication when given together. Inform your doctor if you are taking antihypertensive medications before starting Minicam.

Q. Can Minicam be used along with Losartan?

No. Minicam should not be combined with Losartan. It is important to note that Minicam decreases the effectiveness of the antihypertensive medication like losartan when given together leading to failure of antihypertensive therapy. Inform your doctor if you are taking antihypertensive medications before starting Minicam.

Q. Can Minicam be used with Lisinopril?

No. Minicam should be avoided with lisinopril. It is important to note that piroxicam decreases the effectiveness of the antihypertensive medication like lisinopril when given together leading to failure of antihypertensive therapy. Inform your doctor if you are taking antihypertensive medications before starting Minicam.

Q. Can Minicam be used with calcium channel blocker?

Yes. Minicam can be taken with calcium channel blocker. NSAIDs have been observed to reduce the effectiveness of all antihypertensive drugs except calcium channel blockers (ref: White 2007)

Q. Can Minicam be used with Tizanidine?

Yes, Minicam can be combined with tizanidine. Piroxicam is a pain killer and tizanidine is a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is used in the condition like a backache.

Q. Why is beta cyclodextrin added to Minicam?

Yes. Minicam can be combined with beta-cyclodextrin. Research has shown that combining Minicam with beta-cyclodextrin leads to faster onset of action of piroxicam and reduced gastric side effects.

Q. Are there any alternatives of Minicam?

Yes. There are alternatives to Minicam. Pain killers are prescribed according to the disease condition. Consult your doctor before starting piroxicam or changing it to other medication.

Q. What are the contraindications for Minicam?

Contraindications to piroxicam are an allergy, bleeding tendency, duodenal/gastric/peptic ulcer, stomatitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), ulcerative colitis, upper GI disease, late pregnancy, cardiac disease, hepatic impairment, renal impairment.

Q. Can Minicam be used in the treatment of allergy?

No. Minicam is not a drug to treat allergy. It is a pain killer.

Q. How long does Minicam work?

Minicam is a long acting drug. Once the daily dose is enough for the relief of pain but it depends from person to person as the effectiveness of piroxicam increases when given for few weeks.

Q. Can you get high by using Minicam?

No. Minicam is not known to cause high. It is a non-narcotic painkiller.

Q. Can Minicam be used to treat menstrual cramp?

Minicam is not approved for the treatment of menstrual cramps. Research studies have shown that piroxicam is quite effective in significantly decreasing the menstrual cramps.

Q. Can I use Minicam for a migraine?

Minicam is not approved for the treatment of migraine. Research studies have shown that Minicam is effective in significantly decreasing the pain associated with migraine without aura.

Q. Is Minicam effective in back pain management?

Yes. It can be given for decreasing the back pain. However, you should consult your doctor for the exact cause of your back pain and then start the treatment. Do not self-medicate yourself with Minicam as the cause of back pain can be different for different person.

Q. Is Minicam affective in gout management?

Yes. Minicam can be given for the treatment of acute gout. Research studies have shown Minicam to be highly effective in the treatment of acute gout.

Q. Can you donate blood when on the medication with Minicam?

Yes. You can donate blood when on Minicam. Do inform your doctor before donating blood.

Q. Can I use Minicam if I am a diabetic?

Minicam in a diabetic patient can only be taken only by consulting a doctor because these medicines have the propensity to cause renal failure when taken for a long period. Diabetes itself causes renal Minicam so taking piroxicam can lead to increased risk of renal failure by many folds.

Q. Can I use Minicam if I have a deranged renal function?

No. Minicam should not be taken if you have a abnormal renal function because long-term administration of NSAIDs has resulted in renal papillary necrosis and another renal injury.

Q. Can Minicam lead to skin reactions?

Yes. Minicam is known to cause skin reactions which can be very severe such as exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can be fatal. These serious events may occur without warning. You should inform your doctor if you feel you have a mild rash and immediately discontinue the drug.

Q. Can I use Minicam if I am pregnant?

No. Minicam should not be taken in pregnancy. It causes premature closure of the ductus arteriosus which can lead to fetal heart failure and death of the baby.

Q. Can I use Minicam if I have peptic ulcer disease?

No. Minicam is contraindicated in cases of active peptic ulcer disease. Minicam is known to cause gastric ulceration and bleeding.

Q. Can I use Minicam if I have asthma?

Some patients with asthma are hypersensitive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs like aspirin which can lead to acute attacks of asthma. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.

Q. Can Minicam lead to difficulty in conception?

Yes. Minicam can sometimes cause reversible infertility. Piroxicam by its mechanism of action may delay or prevent rupture of ovarian follicles, which has been associated with reversible infertility in some women. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.

Q. Can Minicam be used with diuretics?

No. Minicam should not be used with diuretics. Minicam reduces the natriuretic effect of furosemide and thiazides diuretics in some patients. This response has been attributed to inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis.

Q. Can Minicam be used with lithium?

No. Minicam should not be used with lithium. Minicam leads to an elevation of plasma lithium levels and a reduction in renal lithium clearance. This is because of inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis by the NSAID. Consult and inform your doctor before starting this medication.

Q. Can Minicam be used with warfarin?

No. Minicam should be avoided with warfarin as they both lead to increase in bleeding tendencies. Inform your doctor if you are taking any of the medications. If given together then the therapy should be monitored closely.

Q. What increases the chances of getting a gastric ulcer when I am already taking Minicam?

The chances of gastric ulceration increases if you take medicines like corticosteroids and anticoagulants. Long term use, alcohol, smoking and old age are few other factors which can increase the chances of ulceration.

Q. Who should not take a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)/ Minicam?

Patients who had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID medicine or for pain right before or after heart bypass surgery.

Q. What are the serious side effects of Minicam?

GI discomfort and, rarely, serious GI side effects, such as ulcers and bleeding, serious skin side effects such as exfoliative, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis, liver failure, renal damage.

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