Consumer medicine information



Active ingredient(s): Piroxicam (pir-oks-i-kam)

Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)

This leaflet provides important information about using APO-PIROXICAM. You should also speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you would like further information or if you have any concerns or questions about using APO-PIROXICAM.

Where to find information in this leaflet:

1. Why am I using APO-PIROXICAM?
2. What should I know before I use PIROXICAM?
3. What if I am taking other medicines?
4. How do I use APO-PIROXICAM?
5. What should I know while using APO-PIROXICAM?
6. Are there any side effects?
7. Product details

1. Why am I using APO-PIROXICAM?

APO-PIROXICAM contains the active ingredient piroxicam. APO-PIROXICAM belongs to a group of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation (heat, throbbing, swelling, redness).

APO-PIROXICAM is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disorder that primarily affects, but is not limited to, the spine.

Although APO-PIROXICAM can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.

Your doctor may have prescribed APO-PIROXICAM for another reason.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why APO-PIROXICAM has been prescribed for you.

2. What should I know before I use APO-PIROXICAM?


Do not use APO-PIROXICAM if:

  1. piroxicam (the active ingredient in APO-PIROXICAM) or any of the capsule or tablet ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet (see Product Description)
  2. other medicines containing piroxicam.
  3. any medicine that is a COX-2 inhibitor
  4. aspirin
  5. any other medicine that is also an NSAID.

Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAID medicines.

Do not give APO-PIROXICAM to children of 12 years and under.

The safety and effectiveness of APO-PIROXICAM in this age group have not been established.

If you are not sure whether you should be taking APO-PIROXICAM, contact your doctor.

Do not take APO-PIROXICAM if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Do not take APO-PIROXICAM if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.

Tell your doctor if:

  • you have any allergies to:
    – any other medicines including aspirin or other NSAID medicines
    – any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
  • if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions
    – heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcers or other stomach problems
    – bowel or intestinal problems
    kidney disease
    – liver disease
    – heart failure
    – heart disease – Use of APO-PIROXICAM may increase your risk of developing a heart condition such as heart attack even if you don’t have a history of heart disease.
    – high blood pressure
    – swelling of the ankles or feet (oedema)
    – a tendency to bleed.
  • you currently have an infection
    If you take APO-PIROXICAM while you have an infection, it may hide some of the signs of an infection (e.g. pain, fever, swelling or redness). This may make you think, mistakenly, that you are better or that it is not serious.

If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start to take APO-PIROXICAM.

During treatment, you may be at risk of developing certain side effects. It is important you understand these risks and how to monitor for them. See additional information under Section 6. Are there any side effects?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take APO-PIROXICAM if you are pregnant, or intend on becoming pregnant, unless your doctor says otherwise.

Like most NSAID medicines, APO-PIROXICAM is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may affect your developing baby if you take it while you are pregnant, especially during the last three months of pregnancy.

NSAIDs have been associated with reversible infertility in some women. The use of NSAIDs in early pregnancy can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion.

Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking APO-PIROXICAM during pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

Like most NSAID medicines, the active ingredient in APO-PIROXICAM passes into breast milk and may affect your baby. Your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of taking APO-PIROXICAM while breast-feeding.

3. What if I am taking other medicines?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any medicines, vitamins or supplements that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may interfere with APO-PIROXICAM and affect how it works. These include:

  • aspirin (including low doses used to prevent your blood from clotting in certain heart conditions), salicylates or other NSAIDs
  • warfarin or similar medicines including Eliquis, Xarelto or Pradaxa that are used to stop blood clots
  • digoxin or digitoxin, medicines used to treat heart failure
  • tablets used to treat diabetes
  • certain antibiotics called sulphonamides
  • phenytoin, a medicine used to treat epilepsy
  • lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of depression
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, medicines used to treat depression
  • corticosteroids, medicines used to suppress the immune system or reduce inflammation
  • methotrexate, a medicine used to treat arthritis and some cancers
  • diuretics, also called fluid or water tablets
  • medicines used to treat high blood pressure
  • cholestyramine, a medicine used to reduce cholesterol.
  • alcohol

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about what medicines, vitamins or supplements you are taking and if these affect APO-PIROXICAM.

4. How do I use APO-PIROXICAM?

How much to take

  • the usual dose is between 10 mg and 20 mg, taken as a single dose each day.
  • Follow the instructions provided and use APO-PIROXICAM until your doctor tells you to stop.

When and how long to take APO-PIROXICAM

  • Try to take your APO-PIROXICAM at the same time each day, either morning or evening.
  • It is best to take APO-PIROXICAM immediately after food to avoid the chance of an upset stomach.
  • Keep taking APO-PIROXICAM every day until your doctor tells you to stop.
  • You may need to take APO-PIROXICAM for a long time.

If you need to take APO-PIROXICAM for a long time, see your doctor for regular check-ups so that he/she can monitor your condition and treatment.


Swallow the capsules whole with water.

If you are taking the dispersible tablets (APO-PIROXICAM-D), allow the tablet to dissolve in a glass of water and then drink it straight away.

If you forget to use APO-PIROXICAM

APO-PIROXICAM should be used regularly at the same time each day.

If it is almost time for your next dose (e.g. within 2 or 3 hours), skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you use too much APO-PIROXICAM

If you take too much APO-PIROXICAM, you may feel sick or have stomach pain, vomiting, headache, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. And, you may need urgent medical attention.

You should immediately:

  • phone the Poisons Information Centre
    (by calling 13 11 26), or
  • contact your doctor, or
  • go to the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.

You should do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

5. What should I know while using APO-PIROXICAM?

Things you should do

If you become pregnant while taking APO-PIROXICAM, tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to start any new medicines, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking APO-PIROXICAM.

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking APO-PIROXICAM.

If you are going to have surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking APO-PIROXICAM.

APO-PIROXICAM can slow down blood clotting.

If you get an infection while taking APO-PIROXICAM, tell your doctor.

APO-PIROXICAM may hide some of the signs of an infection (e.g. pain, fever, redness, swelling). You may think, mistakenly, that you are better or that the infection is not serious.

Things you should not do

Do not give APO-PIROXICAM to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not take APO-PIROXICAM to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Driving or using machines

Be careful before you drive or use any machines or tools until you know how APO-PIROXICAM affects you.

As with other NSAID medicines, APO-PIROXICAM may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision in some people.

If this happens, do not drive or do things that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Drinking alcohol

Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol.

Be careful of drinking alcohol whilst taking APO-PIROXICAM. As with other NSAIDs medicines, alcohol may increase your risk of developing stomach problems.

Looking after your medicine

  • Keep your capsules or tablets in their pack until it is time to take them.
  • Keep them in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Follow the instructions in the carton on how to take care of your medicine properly.

Store it in a cool dry place away from moisture, heat or sunlight; for example, do not store it:

  • in the bathroom or near a sink, or
  • in the car or on window sills.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.

Keep it 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.

When to discard your medicine

If your doctor tells you to stop taking APO-PIROXICAM, or the capsules or tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any left over.

6. Are there any side effects?

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking APO-PIROXICAM, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.

All medicines can have side effects. If you do experience any side effects, most of them are minor and temporary. However, some side effects may need medical attention.

If you are over 65 years of age, you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.

See the information below and, if you need to, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any further questions about side effects.

Common side effects

Common side effect What to do
  • stomach upset including nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, cramps
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation, diarrhoea, pain in the stomach, wind
  • dizziness, light-headedness
  • drowsiness, sleepiness
  • headache
  • buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • sore mouth or tongue
  • hair loss or thinning
  • loose nails
  • change in mood, for example depression.
Speak to your doctor if you have any of these side effects and they worry you.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects What to do
Call your doctor immediately:

  • severe pain or tenderness in the stomach
  • visual disturbances such as blurred vision
  • severe dizziness, spinning sensation
  • fast or irregular heartbeat, also called palpitations
  • difficulty hearing, deafness
  • signs of frequent or worrying infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
  • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal, reddish or purple blotches under the skin
  • signs of anaemia such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes, also called jaundice
  • unusual weight gain, swelling of ankles or legs
  • symptoms of sunburn (such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering) which may occur more quickly than normal.

Seek Emergency medical attention:

  • vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • bleeding from your back passage (rectum), black sticky motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea
  • swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may make swallowing or breathing difficult
  • asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath
  • sudden or severe itching, skin rash, hives
  • fainting
  • pain or tightness in the chest.
Call your doctor straight away, or go straight to the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital if you notice any of these serious side effects.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that may be making you feel unwell.

Other side effects not listed here may occur in some people.

Reporting side effects

After you have received medical advice for any side effects you experience, you can report side effects to the Therapeutic Goods Administration online at By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Always make sure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you decide to stop taking any of your medicines.

7. Product details

This medicine is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

What APO-PIROXICAM contains

Active ingredient
(main ingredient)
Piroxicam (10 mg or 20 mg)
Other ingredients
(inactive ingredients)

APO-PIROXICAM capsules also contain:

  • lactose monohydrate
  • maize starch
  • microcrystalline cellulose
  • stearic acid
  • purified talc
  • titanium dioxide
  • gelatin
  • brilliant blue FCF (CI 42090)
  • allura red AC (CI 16035)
  • iron oxide red (CI 77491)
  • Opacode S-1-7085 white
Potential allergens This medicine contains sulfites and sugars (as lactose).

Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.

What APO-PIROXICAM looks like

APO-PIROXICAM capsules are available as:

  • APO-PIROXICAM 10 mg – deep powder blue opaque body, maroon opaque cap, hard gelatin capsule, filled with off-white powder, marked ‘APO 10’. (Aust R 75039)
    A box contains 50 capsules.
  • APO-PIROXICAM 20 mg – maroon body and cap, hard gelatin capsule, filled with off-white powder, marked ‘APO 20’. (Aust R 75043)
    A box contains 25 capsules.

Who distributes APO-PIROXICAM?

Arrotex Pharmaceuticals
Cremorne VIC 3121

This leaflet was prepared in March 2022.