Dolonex 20 MG Tablet: Uses, Side Effects, Composition & Dosages

Modern lifestyle and choice of food are such that we do not look much into what we are eating and how healthy it is for our body and mind. While this may give us a certain freedom and flexibility with what we choose to ingest, it isn’t necessarily a good thing for our body. The number of hospital cases is slowly increasing, while the obesity and unfit numbers across the world in most demographics is rising alarmingly. Children are the biggest examples of how our lax attitude towards our own health is seeing us become unhealthier by the day, while the number of food products harmful to us keeps rising.

In such a scenario, the number of people complaining of pain of various kinds, apart from things like acidity, obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels, high/low blood pressure and early onset of diabetes is also on the rise. While these problems are something that has to be worked on, there is also the increasing reliance of people on antibiotics and painkillers without prescriptions. It has become so common to use these medicines that people do not even bother consulting the physician in case they experience even the slightest of pains.

And while these medicines are ultimately to help us stay healthy and pain-free, they also carry side effects that we are unaware of. This has led to a need to spread awareness about the various medicines available in the market, and awareness about any disadvantages before purchasing any medicine. With this in mind, let’s look at one such medicine, a pain relief Tablet called Dolonex 20 MG Tablet.

Composition and Nature of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

It is made of piroxicam (20mg), and is manufactured by Pfizer Ltd. It comes in the form of a Tablet.

Uses of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

The medicine is used as a pain killer. Apart from pain, it can also reduce inflammation, stiffness and joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, post-operative pain, ankylosing spondylitis, acute musculoskeletal conditions, osteoarthritis, acute gout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Side Effects of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

Most of the side effects of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet are not harmful, but some can be life-threatening and hence you need to be alert about these. Here are some side effects you may experience if you do consume Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

  • Swelling of the feet
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Photosensitivity
  • Change in appetite
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Blurred vision
  • Shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • Redness on hands or other parts of the body
  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Burning sensation in stomach
  • Excessive air or gas in stomach
  • Loss of strength
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Epigastric pain
  • Flatulence

If you are experiencing any of these side effects, it is advisable to call your physician. It is to be remembered that most side effects occur due to a high dose given by the physician, of which he/she will inform you, or because of long-term ingestion.

Common Dosage of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

It is best to swallow the whole Tablet, and you should make sure that you do not break, crush or chew it. You can eat it with or after food, for that will not be a problem. You can also take it with water or dissolve it in water then drink it. Missing a dosage is not a big issue, and if it isn’t too long after eating food, consume it anyways. If it is too close to your next dosage, then avoid taking it and take it the next day. Length and amount of dosage will depend on severity of condition as seen fit by the doctor. Most probably the dosage will decrease over time depending on your recovery.

How Dolonex 20 MG Tablet works?

The Dolonex 20 MG Tablet (popularly known as Dolo) is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which works by preventing the release of targeted chemical messengers which lead to inflammation (pain and swelling). In other words, it reduces the production of prostaglandins, which is responsible for causing pain.

Warnings and Precautions When to Avoid Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

As with most medicines, avoid taking Dolonex 20 MG Tablet with alcohol, for it could prove to be dangerous- and even fatal in cases, because it could lead to an increase in stomach bleeding. Also, pregnant women should refrain from consuming this without advice from the physician, as it could affect the fetus. This also includes women who are lactating (though it is mostly safe to do so) or plan to get pregnant in the near future. The opinion of the doctor is vital in such regards.

Another important point to remember is that this medicine could cause dizziness and affect your vision, so it is best to keep away from driving after consuming this medicine. As an extension, working in construction or with heavy machinery should also be avoided when under this dosage.

While kidney patients can consume this medicine with dose adjustments as prescribed by the doctor, it is best for liver patients to consult the physician regarding consumption.

Patients with a history of heart diseases (stroke and heart attack) must avoid this medicine, along with those who have experienced bleeding disorders, asthma or some allergy. Also exercise caution if you suffer from impaired renal and hepatic or cardiac function. Children below 2 years of age must be given doses as per physicians’ instructions. Those suffering from asthma should also avoid this medicine.

Substitutes for Dolonex 20 MG Tablet:

Some alternative medicines for Dolonex 20 MG Tablet are:

  • Brexic 20 mg Tablet DT (manufactured by Wockhardt Ltd)
  • Dolocip 20 mg Tablet DT (Cipla Ltd)
  • Doloforce 20 mg Tablet DT (Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd)
  • Dololup 20 mg Tablet DT (Lupin Ltd)
  • Mobicam 20 mg Tablet DT (Cipla Ltd)

Dolonex 20 MG Tablet Interactions:

Avoid mixing of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet with drugs like:

  • Captopril
  • Cidofovir
  • Furosemide
  • Lisinopril
  • Lithium
  • Losartan
  • Prednisone
  • Valsartan
  • Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors
  • Captopril
  • Cidofovir
  • Warfarin
  • Furosemide
  • Lisinopril
  • Corticosteroids
  • Lithium
  • Fluoroquinolone
  • Losartan
  • Prednisone
  • Valsartan

It is also advisable to let your doctor know of any other medications that you are under, or were  recently under, and of any surgeries or procedures that you underwent any time soon. This is to avoid interactions between Dolonex and meds given during these instances.

FAQs

1) How long do I need to use Dolonex 20 MG Tablet before I see improvement of my conditions?

Ans: The result depends on the severity of the patient’s condition but usually the results of Dolonex 20 MG Tablet are visible after the first few doses.

2) Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?

Ans: While Dolonex 20 MG Tablet is not addictive, continued usage may cause one to develop dependence on it. in case of serious conditions, one should consult the doctor instead of continuing dosage.

3) Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly wean off consumption?

Ans: Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, one might have to reduce dosage slowly. However, with minimal dosage one can stop consuming it any time.

4) Are Dolonex 20 MG Tablet and aspirin same?

Ans: While Asprin and Dolonex 20 MG Tablet serve different purposes, sometimes they can both work effectively for the same symptoms.

5) Can Dolonex 20 MG Tablet be used in hypertension?

Ans: It is not recommended to use Dolonex 20 MG Tablet in hypertension cases.

6) Is Dolonex 20 MG Tablet a narcotic?

Ans: No, Dolonex 20 MG Tablet is not a narcotic and does not contain any nicotine.

Last updated on : 26-09-2019

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