Naproxen is used to relieve the pain and swelling due to diseases affecting the muscles, joints and tendons, like strains, gout, ankylosing spondylitis (pain and stiffnessin the neck and back) or arthritis, andalso period pain (dysmenorrhea) in women.
How it works
Naproxen belongs to a class of medications called anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which works by blocking the effect of enzyme called cyclooxygenase resulting in decreased production of prostaglandins (a chemical associated with pain) thereby causingease of pain and inflammation.
What is Naproxen?
Naproxen is a NSAID or anti-inflammatory drug. This medication reduces hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Naproxen is used for relief from pain or inflammation induced by conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, or menstrual cramps. Naproxen is sold under several brand names, some of which are Naprosyn and Napryn (Themis Pharma). This medication may also be prescribed for conditions not listed here.
Important Information about Naproxen
Naproxen (Naprosyn, Napryn) usage may lead to life threatening heart or circulatory problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if used for a long period. Naproxen is not recommended for use just before or after a heart bypass surgery (CABG). Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance while taking Naproxen. Naproxen may also lead to severe bleeding to perforation in the stomach or intestines which can be fatal and can happen without warning, especially older adults. If you experience or witness side effects of stomach bleeding such as black, bloody, or tarry stools, or bloody cough or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, get medical attention or call your doctor right away. Some common medications such as cold, allergy, pain killers, or medicines similar to Naproxen (ibuprofen, ketoprofen or others) contain NSAIDs. You must ask your doctor first before taking such medications. Taking multiple NSAID based medicines may lead to too much of this type of medication in your body. You must check the medication labels properly to ensure that you don’t take too much of NSAID. Naproxen is a FDA pregnancy category C drug. You must notify your doctor in advance if you are pregnant or plant to become pregnant. Taking this medication in the last trimester of your pregnancy may cause birth defects in your child. You must take Naproxen during pregnancy only if you doctor advises you after judging that the potential benefits of this medication far outweigh its harmful effects. Naproxen can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medicine without your doctor’s advice if you are breast feeding. Naproxen is not recommended for children below 2 years without proper medical advice.
Before taking Naproxen
Before using Naproxen (Naprosyn, Napryn), make sure to discuss about all the points and precautions mentioned above. Ask your doctor if it is safe to use Naproxen on top of some other conditions which you may be suffering from. You must not use Naproxen if you are allergic to it or to other NSAIDs.
How should I take Naproxen?
You should take Naproxen exactly as directed by your doctor. All medications come with a patient leaflet with complete instructions and details. Refer it for any doubts. Do not alter the course of the medication in any way (do not take more or less than the prescribed dosage). Also do not take it after the period for which the medication was prescribed is over. EC-Naproxen is a slower acting form of this Naproxen and is prescribed primarily for arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Avoid crushing, chewing, or breaking an EC-Naproxen enteric coated tablet. Doing so will damage the enteric coating which is made for protecting your stomach. Instead swallow it whole. Always store Naproxen medication in a cool and dry place
What if I forgot to take a dose of Naproxen?
As Naproxen is taken on a need to need basis, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What to do in case of an Overdose?
In case of an overdose of Naproxen, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately. Overdose may lead to some of the serious side effects listed below in this guide.
What should I avoid while taking Naproxen?
Avoid other medicines which contain NSAIDs. Also avoid alcohol while taking Naproxen as alcohol can lead to stomach bleeding.
Naproxen Side Effects
Some common and non serious side effects of Naproxen (Naprosyn, Napryn) are nausea, heartburn, headache, upset stomach drowsiness, or dizziness. If any of these effects persist for longer period or deteriorate, get medical help right away. Most people don’t get serious side effects due to Naproxen but stop using this medication and get emergency medical attention if you experience any of these serious side effects: chest pain; weakness; shortness of breath; slurred speech; problems with vision or balance; black, bloody, or tarry stools; bloody cough or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; stiff neck; unusual weight gain; mood or behavior changes; less urination; or lethargy. The side effects listed above are not the only ones to occur due to Naproxen usage. There may be others.
Naproxen Dosing Information
Your Naproxen dosage will be decided by your doctor after examining you thoroughly. Dosage may depend on several factors like age, seriousness of the conditions, other conditions, and allergies among several others.
Interaction with other drugs
Consult your doctor before taking an antidepressant medication like fluoxetine, escitalopram, citalopram, luvoxamine, or others. These medications when taken with NSAIDs may cause easy bruising and bleeding. Other drugs which can interact with Naproxen are warfarin, lithium, methotrexate, diuretics, aspirin or other NSAIDs (ibuprofen, ketoprofen, Diclofenac, celecoxib, or others), or heart or blood pressure medications (benazepril, enalapril, lisonopril, quinapril, or others). These are not the only drugs which can interact with Naproxen. Inform your doctor about all drugs which you may be using. Never start a new medication without proper medical advice.
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Jan 28, 2016
I started taking Naprosyn since 3 weeks back.My "brain fog" has improved; additionally, I believe the intensity of my pain has decreased and i am feeling much relaxed and light now. No big and noticeable side effects.
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