FELDENE GEL 60G

Active substance: PIROXICAM

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

FELDENE™ GEL 60G
(piroxicam)
Your medicine is available using the name Feldene Gel 60g but
will be referred to as Feldene Gel throughout this leaflet.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass
it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:
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6.

What Feldene Gel is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you use Feldene Gel
How to use Feldene Gel
Possible side effects
How to store Feldene Gel
Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Feldene Gel is and what it is used for
Feldene Gel is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This means it will help to
relieve pain and reduce swelling affecting joints and muscles when
rubbed into the skin over the affected area.
Feldene Gel is for the treatment of rheumatism, sprains, strains
and mild osteoarthritis of joints (knees, wrists, ankles etc).

Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson
syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been reported with
the use of piroxicam, appearing initially as reddish target-like
spots or circular patches often with central blisters on the trunk.
Additional signs to look for include ulcers in the mouth, throat,
nose, genitals and conjunctivitis (red and swollen eyes).
These potentially life-threatening skin rashes are often
accompanied by flu-like symptoms. The rash may progress to
widespread blistering or peeling of the skin.
The highest risk for occurrence of serious skin reactions is within
the first weeks of treatment.
If you have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic
epidermal necrolysis with the use of piroxicam, you must not be
re-started on piroxicam at any time.
If you develop a rash or these skin symptoms, seek immediate
advice from a doctor and tell them that you are taking this
medicine.
NSAIDs, including Feldene Gel, may cause kidney damage or
kidney failure.

Children and adolescents

Feldene Gel is not recommended for use in children under 12
years of age.

Other medicines and Feldene Gel

Feldene Gel is not known to interact with any other medicines.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are trying to become pregnant or being investigated for
infertility, withdrawal of Feldene Gel should be considered.
Feldene Gel may increase the risk of miscarriage in early
pregnancy.

2. What you need to know before you use
Feldene Gel

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant
or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.

Do not use Feldene Gel

Driving and using machines

If you are allergic to piroxicam or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6), any other
form of piroxicam, aspirin or any other medicines used to
treat painful joints and muscles. This may have been itching,
reddening of the skin or difficulty in breathing.

Feldene Gel is not expected to affect your ability to drive or use
machines.

Feldene Gel contains propylene glycol

Feldene Gel contains propylene glycol which may cause skin
irritation.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Feldene Gel.
Medicines are not always suitable for everyone. Your doctor needs
to know before you use Feldene Gel if you suffer from or have
suffered in the past from any of the following conditions:
liver disease
kidney disease

3. How to use Feldene Gel
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has
told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
Feldene Gel is for external use on the skin only.
Pierce the tube by reversing the cap and screwing down to break
the seal on the tube.
Apply 3cm (1¼” approximately) of the Gel on the affected area.
Use the scale below as a guide. Rub the Gel into the skin until the
Gel disappears. Do this three or four times a day. If there is no
improvement in your symptoms, tell your doctor. If the gel is not
rubbed in completely, mild but temporary staining of the skin and
staining of clothing may occur.

SCALE:

3cm

Do not use Feldene Gel for more than four weeks without telling
your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not rub your medication into damaged skin, for example
wounds, scratches, infections or dermatitis. Do not apply near
eyes, nose, mouth, genital or anal (bottom) areas. If the Gel does
come into contact with these areas, rinse away with water.
Do not cover the area where Feldene Gel has been rubbed in with
dressings or bandages.

After using Feldene Gel
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Always replace the cap
Wash your hands

If you use too much or accidentally swallow
Feldene Gel

If you accidentally use too much Feldene Gel this is unlikely to
cause any side effects.
If a large amount of your medication is swallowed accidentally,
tell your doctor immediately, or contact your nearest hospital
casualty department.

If you forget to use Feldene Gel

If you forget to use Feldene Gel, use it as soon as you remember
unless it is time for your next application. Do not use double the
amount to make up for a missed application.

If you stop using Feldene Gel

Your pain may return if you stop using Feldene Gel.
If you have any further questions on how to take this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.

Tell your doctor immediately and stop using
Feldene Gel if you experience any of the following
symptoms after applying this medicine. Although they
are very rare, these symptoms can be serious:

sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, fever, swelling of
eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching affecting the whole body
potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson
syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been reported
very rarely (see section 2).

Other side effects that Feldene Gel may cause are:

Redness, rash and/or itching of the skin where Feldene Gel
was rubbed in (for example eczema, contact dermatitis)
Reaction of the skin to sunlight

Uncommon side effects are:
Nausea (feeling sick)
Indigestion
Stomach discomfort

These effects should disappear if you stop using Feldene Gel. If
the discomfort continues tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information
What Feldene Gel contains

Your medicine is called Feldene Gel.
The active ingredient is piroxicam.
Each gram of Feldene Gel contains 5mg piroxicam.
Feldene Gel also contains the following inactive ingredients:
propylene glycol, carbomer, ethyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol,
di-isopropanolamine, hydroxyethyl cellulose and purified water.

What Feldene Gel looks like and contents of the
pack

Tubes are supplied in an aluminium blind-ended tube
incorporating epoxy-phenol internal lacquer with a white vinyl
pressure sensitive polyethylene end seal, fitted with a
polypropylene cap containing 60g of Feldene Gel.

Manufacturer

This product is manufactured by: Farmasierra Manufacturing S.L.,
Ctra. N-I Km. 26,200, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by:
Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall,
Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: Landmark Pharma Ltd., 7 Regents Drive,
Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6PX.
PL No: 21828/0273

POM

Feldene™ is a trademark of Pfizer Ltd.
Leaflet revision date: 22.10.14

5. How to store Feldene Gel
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or tube.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
If your doctor decides to stop the treatment, return any leftover
gel to the pharmacist. Only keep it if your doctor tells you to.
If the gel becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of
deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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