OSWALD L. HAYE, M.D.
To the editor: Piroxicam is one of the new classes of anti-inflammatory agents used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Although a review of drug-induced pancreatitis, did not mention piroxicam (1), the manufacturers have recently suggested an association might exist. The case reported here strengthens the association.
A 42-year-old woman was seen in July 1985 in consultation by the gastrointestinal services for evaluation of epigastric pain. At that time, she was taking daily oral doses of prednisone (2.5 mg); piroxicam (10 mg in the morning, 20 mg in the afternoon), and calcium carbonate (600 mg). On physical examination
HAYE OL. Piroxicam and Pancreatitis. Ann Intern Med. ;104:895. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-895_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(6):895.
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