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How Much Naproxen Can I Take

How Much Naproxen Can I Take

What is naproxen?

There are two types of prescription naproxen: regular naproxen and naproxen sodium. Regular naproxen comes as an oral immediate-release tablet, an oral delayed-release tablet, and an oral suspension. Naproxen sodium comes as an oral immediate-release tablet and an oral extended-release tablet.

Naproxen is also available in over-the-counter forms. This article only addresses prescription forms of naproxen.

Prescription naproxen oral tablets are available as the brand-name drugs Anaprox, Naprelan, and Naprosyn. They’re also available as generic drugs. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

How to take naproxen

All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

Who can and can't take naproxen

Naproxen can be taken by adults.It can also be taken under medical supervision by children to treat:

  • muscle and bone disorders for babies from 1 month
  • diseases of the joints for children from 2 years
  • period pain - for girls of any age

How and when to take it

Always take your naproxen tablets with or just after a meal so you don't get an upset stomach.

As a general rule in adults, the dose to treat:

  • diseases of joints is 500mg to 1000mg a day in 1 or 2 doses
  • muscle, bone disorders and painful periods is 500mg at first, then 250mg every 6 to 8 hours as required
  • attacks of gout is 750mg, then 250mg every 8 hours until the attack has passed

Doses are usually lower for elderly people and people with heart, liver or kidney problems.

The doctor will use your child's weight to work out the right dose.

If you get naproxen on prescription, the dose depends on the reason why you're taking it, your age, how well your liver and kidneys work, and how well it helps your symptoms.

If you buy naproxen from a pharmacy for painful menstrual periods:

  • on the first day - take 2 tablets when the pain starts, then after 6 to 8 hours one more tablet that day if you need to
  • on the second and following days - take one tablet every 6 to 8 hours if needed

How to take it

Naproxen on prescription comes as 2 different tablets - effervescent and gastro-resistant tablets.Effervescent tablets are dissolved in water before you take them.

Gastro-resistant tablets have a coating to protect them from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. Instead, the medicine is released further down the gut in your intestine.

If you take gastro-resistant tablets, swallow them whole with or after food. Don't crush or chew them.

If you take effervescent tablets, dissolve 1 to 2 tablets in a glass (150ml) of water and drink.

Doses of 3 tablets should be dissolved in 300ml. To make sure there is no medicine left, rinse the empty glass with a small amount of water and drink it. Take with or after food.

What if I forget to take it?

Take your forgotten dose as soon as you remember, unless it's nearly time for your next dose. Don't take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you forget doses often, it may help to set an alarm to remind you. You could also ask your pharmacist for advice on other ways to help you remember to take your medicine.

What if I take too much?     

If you take too many naproxen tablets by accident, you're more likely to get some of the common side effects. Contact your doctor straight away.

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