Feldene is a specific type of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that works the same way as ibuprofen in treating fever, pain and inflammation. It mostly is used as a treatment for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Feldene also is known by its generic name, piroxicam, and works by blocking prostaglandin in the body. Prostaglandin is a chemical in the body that is responsible for giving you the pain, swelling and inflammation that arthritis can cause. Ever since Feldene hit the market in 1982 it has been highly associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS). In fact, Feldene and Daypro have the highest rate of skin infection associated with it.
Feldene can last for a very long time in the bloodstream — up to 50 hours. Because of the long time period that it can stay in the plasma streams in the body, it raises your chances of suffering from a toxic sensitivity to it. This is why Stevens-Johnson syndrome is more likely to occur if you are taking Feldene. While it is well known to cause SJS or TENS, the manufacturer doesn’t provide proper warning about your increased chances of getting SJS or TENS from the drug.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a severe allergic or toxic reaction to a medication that causes such severe side effects as rash, blisters on the mucus membranes — even blisters on the eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. SJS also can cause the skin to peel off in patches much like that of a burn victim. Treatment can be lengthy and painful, as well. There is always the risk of infections from SJS and TENS. Some patients that develop it will suffer from permanent damage like scarring on the skin and permanent blindness; this group of patients also is more likely to suffer from a recurrence.
If you or someone you know has been afflicted with SJS or TENS because of Feldene, I may be able to help you receive compensation for you injuries. Contact me today for a free consultation.