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Tenoxicam is used to reduce pain and inflammation (swelling) of the muscles, tendons, and joints in diseases like arthritis or in short-term injuries, strains, or sprains.

How it works

Tenoxicam is a pain killer belongs to a class of drugs called as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It acts by inhibiting enzyme (cyclooxygenase) which is responsible for the synthesis of some prostaglandins in the body that are associated with pain and swelling.

Common side effects

Pancreatic inflammation, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Feeling of discomfort, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Flatulence, Generalised swelling, Fluid retention, Indigestion, Nausea, Stomatitis


Expert advice

  • Do not take tenoxicam if you have had ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestine, blood clotting disorders or suffer from kidney or liver diseases or uncontrolled asthma, heart diseases and severe rise in blood pressure.
  • Tenoxicam is not recommended for children below 18 years of age.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking this medicine as it may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are elderly, pregnant or planning to become pregnant and lactating.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)