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Naproxen

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Aleve® [OTC];Anaprox®;Anaprox® DS;EC-Naprosyn®;Mediproxen [OTC];Midol® Extended Relief [OTC];Naprelan®;Naprosyn®;Pamprin® Maximum Strength All Day Relief [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Anaprox®;Anaprox® DS;Apo-Napro-Na DS®;Apo-Napro-Na®;Apo-Naproxen EC®;Apo-Naproxen SR®;Apo-Naproxen®;Mylan-Naproxen EC;NaprelanT;Naprosyn®;Naprosyn® E;Naprosyn® SR;PMS-Naproxen;PMS-Naproxen EC;PRO-Naproxen EC;Riva-Naproxen;Riva-Naproxen Sodium;Riva-Naproxen Sodium DS;Teva-Naproxen;Teva-Naproxen EC;Teva-Naproxen Sodium;Teva-Naproxen Sodium DS;Teva-Naproxen SR
    • Mexican Brand Names: Naprodil;Naxen;Novaxen
    • Pharmacologic Category: Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID), Oral

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever.
    • This medicine is used to relieve painful menstrual cycles.
    • This medicine is used to treat arthritis.
    • This medicine is used to treat gout attacks.
    • This medicine is used to treat migraine headaches.
    • Naproxen blocks production and release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation.
    • It reduces fever by adjusting the body's thermostat in the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect caplets, gelcaps, and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This medicine may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. This has been observed with long-term use or at critical times (right after heart surgery). Use caution if you have risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, diabetes, cigarette smoking, male older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, postmenopausal female).
    • Do not use this medicine right before or after heart bypass surgery.
    • This medicine may increase the risk of ulcer or bleeding from the stomach or intestines. Talk with healthcare provider.
    • This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to naproxen or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with caution. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have asthma, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have had an ulcer or bleeding from your stomach or intestines, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have a weakened heart, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before using other: aspirin, aspirin-containing products, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain medicines, or vitamin E.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers that you use this medicine.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful. Avoid injury. Use soft toothbrush, electric razor.
    • Do not take colestipol or cholestyramine within 2 hours of this medicine.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Belly pain or heartburn.
    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Change in strength on one side greater than the other, difficulty speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred vision.
    • Severe nausea or vomiting.
    • Severe belly pain.
    • Severe swelling or pain of hands or feet.
    • Significant weight gain.
    • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
    • Blood in the urine.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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