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This leaflet answers some common questions about Feldene Gel.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you using Feldene Gel against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using Feldene Gel, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Read this leaflet carefully before using Feldene Gel and keep it with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
Feldene Gel is used to temporarily relieve the pain and inflammation associated with:
Feldene Gel belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Although it can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation (heat, throbbing, swelling, redness), it will not cure the underlying tissue damage and it will not treat bruises. Feldene Gel is not a heat rub.
Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend Feldene Gel for other purposes.
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAID medicines.
If you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Signs of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include
If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAID medicines and use Feldene Gel, these symptoms may be severe.
If you are not sure whether you should be using Feldene Gel, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of Feldene Gel in children of this age group.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Like most NSAID medicines, Feldene Gel is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast feeding. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the risks and benefits of using it.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking ANY other medicines, including any medicine you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines important to mention include:
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while using Feldene Gel.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about these things, tell them before you start using Feldene Gel.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information given in this leaflet.
Use the gel only on healthy skin. Do not put it on open wounds or injuries or on skin that has a rash or infection.
Rub in l g of the gel (approximately 3cm or 1 and a quarter inches) to the sore or swollen area, 3 or 4 times a day.
It is important to rub the gel in completely, because any gel left on the skin may cause mild (but temporary) staining of the skin or clothes.
Wash your hands after each application.
Do not cover the affected area with a dressing or bandage
Feldene gel may be used for up to two weeks only.
If your symptoms do not improve after two weeks or get worse, stop using it and tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Use it as soon as you remember then go back to using it as you would normally.
Do not use twice as much to make up for what you have missed.
If you, a child or anyone else accidentally swallows Feldene Gel, immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Keep the telephone numbers for these places handy.
If used properly on your skin, there is little risk of overdosage with this medicine.
If you become pregnant while using Feldene Gel, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists you visit that you are using Feldene Gel.
If you are about to start any new medicines, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are using Feldene Gel.
Do not let the gel get in your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes with clean water and tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not put it inside the mouth or vagina.
Never swallow the gel.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use Feldene Gel to treat any other medical complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist says you can.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you have any problems while using Feldene Gel, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
Like other medicines, Feldene Gel may cause some side effects. However, very little of the active ingredient passes into the blood stream; if side effects do occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Mild skin irritation may occur where the gel was applied.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you notice any of the following:
If any of the following happen, STOP using Feldene Gel and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects have been reported very rarely when the active ingredient in Feldene has been taken by mouth as tablets or capsules.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep Feldene Gel where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Keep Feldene Gel in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 30 degrees C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Always replace the cap after use.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop using Feldene Gel, or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any left over gel.
Feldene Gel is a clear, pale yellow gel. It comes in tubes of 25 grams or 50 grams.
The active ingredient of Feldene Gel is piroxicam. There are 5 mg of piroxicam in each gram of gel.
The inactive ingredients are:
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
(ABN 50 008 422 348)
38-42 Wharf Road
West Ryde NSW 2114
Toll Free Number: 1800 675 229
AUST R 49700
This leaflet was updated on 10 December 2008.
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Published by MIMS/myDr September 2009