Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat inflammation and pain in joints and muscles. It is commonly used in the treatment of joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. It is also used in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases such as menstrual cramps, mild and moderate toothache or headache, back pain and sprains. Common views side effects are indigestion, stomach disorders, headache, dizziness and edema. Naproxen is a medicine that should be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
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Naproxen sodium is a prescription drug included in NSAIDs (nonsteoridal anti-inflammatory drugs) used in the treatment of diseases such as pain and inflammation. Naproxen sodium is active ingredient. It is available as two different forms, each tablet of which contains 275 mg and 550 mg naproxen sodium. It is commonly used for joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, bursitis rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Juvenile arthritis and gout disease.
Naproxen is a drug that is prescribed to treat pain, tenderness, edema, joint stiffness and inflammation of the joints and muscles following trauma or due to different causes. It can also be used for mild and moderate pain such as toothache and headache, pain during postoperative recovery period, and as antipyretic.
Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that play an important role in the occurence of inflammation. They are formed in injured tissues and cause fever, edema, and pain. The active ingredient, naproxen sodium, helps lower prostaglandin levels in the body.
Recommended starting dose is 550 mg. Later, it can taken at a dose of 550 mg every 12 hours or 275 mg every 6-8 hours. Maximum daily dose on the 1st day of treatment is 1,375 mg. Subsequent daily doses should not exceed 1,100 mg.
The starting dose is 550 mg. If necessary, it can be maintained at a dose of 275 mg every 6 to 8 hours or 550 mg every 12 hours. Maximum daily dose on the 1st day of treatment is 1,375 mg. Subsequent daily doses should not exceed 1,100 mg.
The starting dose is 825 mg. It is maintained at a dose of 275 mg every 8 hours until attacks are reduced.
It is lower in the elderly and individuals with liver, kidney, heart problems. Doctors will determine the right dose and duration of treatment for everybody.
Naproxen should be taken by those under the age of 16. However, in juvenile arthritis, a dose of 10 mg per kg every 12 hours can be administered to the children over 5 years old under the supervision of a doctor.
In those over 65 years old, the body will metabolize the drug more slowly. Therefore, the treatment is administered starting at a lower dose level in this age group. Medicines at a higher amount may do harm to the patient.
Long term use of naproxen can only be determined by a doctor. Recommended maximum duration of use is 6 months. However, your doctor should determine the duration considering pros and cons.
Do not use this medicine at your own discretion as the risk of stomach disorders and hearth diseases may occur with long-term use.
If you take a dose more than required, apply to the closest healthcare provider. Gastric emptying and activated charcoal should be administered. Gastric lavage may also be required. Renal and liver functions should be checked regularly. Overdose may cause severe stomachache, headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, stomach or intestinal bleeding, drowsiness, or seizures.
Do not take Naproxen in the following situations:
Take Naproxen carefully when you have:
If you present with one of these diseases, do not take medicines containing naproxen or naproxen sodium at your own discretion. You doctor will prescribe appropriate painkiller that you need.
Some medicines interact with Naproxen, thereby preventing the mechanism of action or increase side effects. If you take any of the following medicines, be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking a Naproxen:
Do not drink alcohol with Naproxen. It may increase gastric bleeding.
Naproxen should not be used during pregnancy unless there is a requirement for use with a prescription. It should be avoided especially during pregnancies of >30 weeks. Alternative and safe painkillers should be used due to the risk of birth defects that may develop in the cardiovascular system.
Naproxen is not a painkiller suitable for use during breastfeeding as it passes into breast-milk. Instead, other painkillers containing paracetamol or ibuprofen may be preferred.
Studies on the effects of painkillers on body metabolism is usually related to narcotic derivatives. Nonsteroidal painkillers, including naproxen, have no known effect on weight gain or loss.
These are not all of the side effects of medicines containing naproxen. If the above side effects do not disappear in a short period or a different side effect develops, you must inform your doctor and pharmacist.
If you experience one of the following side effects, immediately consult your doctor or apply to the emergency of the closest hospital:
In some cases, naproxen may lead to fetal gastrointestinal bleeding. The risk increases with the age, especially in the elderly.