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Naproxen (Naprosyn)

Naproxen (Naprosyn) is a painkiller used to reduce inflammatory signs and symptoms (i.e., pain, heat, swelling and redness) that occurs in the muscles, the joints and/or the tendons in a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, such as strains, sprains, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (both adult and juvenile conditions), and to lessen the pain that can occur during menstruation.

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What is Naproxen?

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can also reduce fever (i.e., it has antipyretic properties). Naprosyn contains Naproxen, they are essentially the same medicine. In a similar way to other NSAIDs, Naproxen relieves signs and symptoms of inflammation by inhibiting enzymes involved in making prostaglandins. Prostaglandins account for the pain and inflammation we experience with injuries and certain disorders and diseases.

How to use Naproxen

Naproxen is provided as a tablet, which frequently is prepared in a way that protects the stomach. Thus, the tablet may have a gastro-resistant or enteric coat or have a modified-release mechanism to stop it disintegrating in the stomach and allowing it to be broken down in the intestines. If it does not have this stomach-protecting property then you may be given an additional tablet that will do this.

The dose and frequency of Naproxen will depend on what disorder you have and your age. If you are older than 64 years, or have liver and/or kidney problems, or the medicine is for a child, the dose will be less than the usual adult dose. Take this medicine with water, and as you eat your dinner or after it. You should take Naproxen only for as long as you need to, and so your doctor will want you to have regular check-ups. Only take the dose that you are told to – if you take more, then go for medical assistance straight away; if you missed a dose – then skip it, and carry on as scheduled.

Who can use Naproxen?

Naproxen is for adults in general, and for children older than 5 years with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis only.

Naproxen is not for people who are allergic to anything in this medicinal product or any other medicines taken for pain relief, e.g., aspirin and NSAIDs. You should not use Naproxen if you have had serious or severe problems with your stomach or intestines (e.g., ulcers or bleeds), liver, kidneys, or heart, or are within 3 months of giving birth. Before accepting this medicine, talk to your doctor if you are or are considering pregnancy. Naproxen may not be appropriate for you if you have/have had heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or you smoke. Also mention to the prescriber if you have/have had allergies (swelling eyes, mouth, or face), an autoimmune disease (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn's disease), inflammation of the bowel, weakness, or problems with your nose, kidneys, liver, blood clotting, blood vessels, or high blood cholesterol.

Your current, future and past medicines, whether on prescription or not, are important to the doctor, particularly all painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., NSAIDs and steroids), and those treating conditions such as arthritis or gout, all types of infection (including HIV and AIDS), heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, mental health issues, skin disorders, cancer, and those given post-organ transplant or for pregnancy termination.

Naproxen Side Effects

Naproxen is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; report these and any of their signs and symptoms (e.g., chest pain that may travel down the left arm, one-sided numbness and weakness, and confusion) immediately. People taking Naproxen have reported serious problems with their health; Naproxen may not therefore suit you so stop taking it and seek medical help fast if you experience an allergic reaction (with changes and swelling to your face, throat, breathing and skin); gastrointestinal concerns (e.g., nausea/vomiting, blood in vomit, anal bleeding or black stools, diarrhoea, or stomach or intestinal pains/ulcers), skin rashes, yellowing, and blisters, fever, or a stiff neck. Effects that you may also have with Naproxen include other digestive disturbances, blood abnormalities, bruising, changes in heart rate, swelling of hands/feet/legs, depression, difficulty with sleeping/memory/concentration, headache, sight/hearing problems, dizziness, urine/kidney problems, muscle pain/weakness, and women may have problems getting pregnant. If you are worried by any changes in your health then take advice from your doctor.

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