Naproxen

Naprosyn, also known as Naproxen, belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs). It is a propionic acid derivative, which falls within the aryl acetic group of acid of NSAID’s.

 


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Description

Drug description

Naprosyn, also known as Naproxen, belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs). It is a propionic acid derivative, which falls within the aryl acetic group of acid of NSAID’s.

Naprosyn comes in the form of yellow pills that consist of 250 mg of naproxen, the pink ones containing 375 mg of active substance, and the yellow tablets including 500 mg of active substance. The drug also includes some inactive components, such as iron oxides, povidone, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate.

Use

Naproxen is intended for the treatment of pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, “wear and tear” arthritis, tendonitis, AS, bursitis, gout or menstrual cramps. Moreover, it can be used to alleviate pain caused by different conditions like head and muscle pain, toothache, etc. The drug acts by preventing the production of the specific natural substances in the body, which may increase inflammation.

Dosage

Naprosyn must be used 2 or 3 times a day, depending on the severity of your condition. Take the pill orally, with a glass of water. Don’t crush or break the pills. The tablets should be swallowed as a whole. Doctors usually advise people to take the medication in small dosage, which is regarded as the most efficient in relieving pain.

The drug can be taken with milk, food or with antacid to avoid indigestion. Avoid lying down for about 10 minutes after the drug intake. Don’t change the dosage without the doctor’s approval. Never double the dose to compensate for the skipped one. Otherwise, it may cause serious complications.

Important information

Always follow the above-mentioned precautions:

Don’t take the drug if you have allergy to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin or ibuprofen.

The use of Naprosyn for longer than necessary or exceeding the dose can enhance the risk of heart failure and stroke.

The medication must not be used before the coronary bypass surgery or any other operation.

If the drug causes breast pain or note the signs of heart failure, get immediate medical assistance.

Women must not take this drug during the III trimester of pregnancy, because it may cause adverse effects on the fetus. Tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

This medication can get into the breast milk. Therefore, you shouldn’t use this drug during the lactation.

Inform your doctor if you have any of the following diseases: cardiovascular disorders, increased level of cholesterol, diabetes ,too low/high blood pressure, asthma, stomach ulcers, stroke, liver/kidney disorder, etc.

Adverse effects

Some patients may experience heart burn, stomach upset or abdominal pain after the use of Naprosyn. Some patients may fall ill or get the digestive problems. Inform your doctor about it to prevent serious complications. The most common adverse effects are: rash, itching, breathing difficulty, hearing impairment, increase in body weight and blurred vision.

Drug interactions

Avoid taking the drugs, which may negatively interact with Naprosyn. Such medications as ACE inhibitors, diuretics and lithium may lead to the hazardous chemicals interactions. Certain anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents may also lead to the adverse reactions in your body.

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