Naprosyn belongs to the group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used for the relief of minor aches and pains in muscles, bones, joints and menstrual cramps. It relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing a substance in the body that leads to inflammation and pain.
Take Naprosyn exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended adult dose for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis ranges from 250 mg to 500 mg twice daily. Take naproxen with food or milk. The dose of naproxen for children treated for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is based on body weight. The recommended dose is given in 2 divided doses every 12 hours. When used to treat pain or muscle and skeletal injuries, the usual recommended adult dose is 250 mg 2 or 3 times a day. For treatment of menstrual pain and cramps, the recommended first dose is 500 mg followed by 250 mg every 6 to 8 hours as needed. No more than 1,250 mg should be taken in one day.
Before taking Naprosyn you should talk with your doctor if you are taking an NSAIDs, have heart attack or stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, polyps in your nose, high blood pressure, asthma, stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, if you smoke. Do not drink alcohol while taking Naprosyn. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Do not use Naprosyn if you are allergic to naproxen or any ingredients of this medication, are breastfeeding or in the third trimester (last 3 months) of pregnancy, have bleeding disorder, inflammatory bowel disease, bleeding in the brain, high blood potassium, liver disease, uncontrolled heart failure. It is not recommended in children under 2 years of age.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have abdominal pain, stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itchy skin, nausea, vertigo, vomiting, bloody or black stools, blurred vision, change in the amount or colour of urine, chest pain, fever, muscle aches, fast or irregular heartbeat or pulse, fast or irregular breathing, peeling skin, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, throat, ringing in the ears, yellowing of the skin or eyes, weakness, increased sweating, increased sensitivity to light. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: ACE inhibitors (captopril, ramipril, benazepril, lisinopril, enalapril), blood thinners (warfarin), methotrexate, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, indomethacin, diclofenac, piroxicam, meloxicam), aspirin, diuretics (furosemide), steroids (prednisone), lithium. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are fainting, vomiting, nausea, confusion, black or bloody stools, stomach pain, shallow breathing, drowsiness.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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