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Why am I taking piroxicam?

Your doctor may have given piroxicam if you have a condition called arthritis, which is an inflammation of the joints such as the knees and wrists. There are two main types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the condition that you may associate with getting older: the joints of the body become stiff and painful because the cartilage, which is a substance that "cushions" the bones, begins to break down. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system incorrectly attacks the joints of the body, leading to inflammation at the joints. A medicine such as piroxicam can help deal with the symptoms of pain, swelling and joint stiffness that come with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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