Naproxen is known to be a pain relieving medicine. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which works by reducing the hormones causing pain and inflammation in the body. by conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, tendinitis, gout, bursitis or menstrual cramps.
On using this medicine some side effects like stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, drowsiness, headache may occur. Serious side effects may include easy bruising or bleeding, painful swallowing, ringing in the ears, signs of kidney problems, mood changes, unusual tiredness, swelling of the ankles, feet and hands, unexplained stiff neck, unexplained weight gain and vision changes.
To ensure this medicine is safe for you tell your doctor if you have :
- Blood disorders
- Nasal polyps
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Throat, stomach or intestinal problems.
Take this medicine by mouth as instructed by your doctor, usually 2 or 3 times in a day. Remember to not lie down for a minimum of 10 minutes after taking it. To prevent stomach upset, take this drug with milk, food or an antacid.
This medicine is generally considerably safe but it is not suitable for all. To reduce your risk of side effects, start the medication at the lowest effective dose for a short period of time. Take a higher dosage if needed, after consulting with a doctor.
Symptoms of Naproxen overdose include drowsiness, heartburn, vomiting, CNS depression, leukocytosis, renal failure. Management of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) intoxication is primarily supportive and symptomatic; fluid therapy is commonly effective in managing the hypotension that may occur following an acute NSAID overdose, except when this is due to an acute blood loss.
Seizures tend to be very short-lived and often do not require drug treatment; although, recurrent seizures should be treated with I.V. diazepam; since many of the NSAIDs undergo enterohepatic cycling, multiple doses of charcoal may be needed to reduce the potential for delayed toxicities.
Take this medication exactly as directed; do not increase dose without consulting prescriber. Do not crush tablets or break capsules. Take with food or milk to reduce GI distress. Maintain adequate fluid intake (2-3 L/day of fluids unless instructed to restrict fluid intake).
The medication is primarily used for the following conditions:
Mild To Moderate Pain
Is It safe with alcohol?Taking this medication with alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding caused by naproxen.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medication may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Do not drive, operate machinery.
Does this affect kidney function?This medicine should not be given in renal failure.
Caution should be used in patients with severe renal impairment.
Does this affect liver function?Reduce dose to 50% in patients with liver disease.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine will last for an average period of 8 -12 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine will be observed within 1 hour after its administration.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency has been reported.
Are there any overdose instructions?Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Naproxen as ingredient
This medication belongs to the class of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug) that inhibit prostaglandin synthesis by non selectively impeding the COX -1 and COX -2 enzymes. This helps in alleviating inflammation, as prostaglandin is a regulator for inflammation in muscles.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Medicine
- Naproxen could displace other highly protein bound drugs, such as oral anticoagulants, hydantoins, salicylates, sulfonamides, and sulfonylureas.
- Naproxen and warfarin may cause a slight increase in free warfarin.
- Naproxen and probenecid may cause increased plasma half-life of naproxen.
- Naproxen and methotrexate may significantly increase and prolong blood methotrexate concentration, which may be severe or fatal.
Interaction with Disease
Interaction with Food
Ques: What is Naproxen used for?
Ques: What are the side effects of Naproxen?
Ques: Is Naproxen safe during pregnancy?
Ques: How long do I need to use Naproxen before I see improvement in my condition?
Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Naproxen?
Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Naproxen?
Ques: Does Naproxen contain sulfa?
Ques: Is Naproxen a controlled substance?
Ques: Is Naproxen addictive?
Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.
Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.