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Naproxen Is Used For

naproxen is used for

Descriptions

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve symptoms of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile arthritis) such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Naproxen also helps relieve symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis that affects the joints in the spine. However, this medicine does not cure arthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to take it.

Side Effects

Upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, headache, drowsiness, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

Precautions

Before taking naproxen, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma (including a history of worsening breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), blood disorders (such as anemia, bleeding/clotting problems), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), heart disease (such as previous heart attack), high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, throat/stomach/intestinal problems (such as bleeding, heartburn, ulcers).

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Products that may interact with this drug include: aliskiren, ACE inhibitors (such as captopril, lisinopril), angiotensin II receptor blockers (such as losartan, valsartan), cidofovir, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), lithium, "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide).

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you:

are allergic to naproxen or any ingredients of this medication

are allergic to ASA or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, ketorolac, diclofenac) or have had allergic symptoms (e.g., runny nose, asthma, itchy skin rash, nasal polyps, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue) caused by these medications

  • are breast-feeding
  • are in the third trimester (last 3 months) of pregnancy
  • have a bleeding disorder
  • have an inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
  • have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
  • have bleeding in the brain

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Naproxen sodium belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It reduces swelling, inflammation and pain, and is used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain accompanied by inflammation.

Naproxen sodium is used to help relieve pain due to muscle injury, (e.g., bone, muscle, tendon, cartilage, ligament), dental extraction, menstrual cramps, and cramping after childbirth. It is believed to work by stopping the production of prostaglandins, which cause pain and swelling.

Treating Arthritis With Naproxen

Naproxen (naprosyn) is one of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat certain types of arthritis, acute inflammatory conditions, and menstrual cramps. Naproxen tablets were approved by the FDA in 1976. On January 11, 1994, the FDA approved naproxen in a nonprescription form, called Aleve.

Potential Drug Interactions

Naproxen can have serious adverse reactions to certain drugs. Drugs which can cause interactions to include:

  • Aspirin
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Blood-thinning medications
  • Furosemide
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate

 

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