Naprosyn Medication - Uses & Side Effects
Generic Name: Naproxen
Naproxen is in a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by reducing hormones that may cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is also effective in treating other mild to moderate pain, including such as menstrual pain, headache, toothache, and temporarily reduces fever. Naproxen should only be used in children who are over 12 years old.
- For Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis, the usual dose of Naprosyn is 250 milligrams (10 milliliters or 2 teaspoons of suspension), 375 milligrams (15 milliliters or 3 teaspoons), or 500 milligrams (20 milliliters or 4 teaspoons) 2 times a day (morning and evening).
- For Mild to Moderate Pain, Menstrual Cramps, Acute Tendinitis, and Bursitis, starting dose is 500 milligrams (20 milliliters or 4 teaspoons of suspension), followed by 250 milligrams (10 milliliters or 2 teaspoons) every 6 to 8 hours as needed. The most you should take in a day is 1,250 milligrams.
Uses of Naprosyn
- It is used to treat headaches, muscle aches, backaches, tendonitis, bursitis, dental pain, menstrual cramps, arthritis, or gout.
- This medication is also used to reduce fever and to relieve minor aches and pain due to the common cold or flu.
Side Effects of Naprosyn
If you are taking this medication, then discuss the side effects with your doctor. If you feel any change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Naprosyn. Side effects may include:
- black stools
- blood in the urine
- changes in liver function
- chills and fever
- congestive heart failure
- dream abnormalities
- general feeling of illness
- hair loss
- hearing disturbances or loss
- inability to concentrate
- inability to sleep
- inflammation of the lungs
- inflammation of the mouth
- kidney disease or failure
- menstrual disorders
- muscle pain and weakness
Warnings and precautions before taking Naprosyn:
- You should use this drug with caution if you have kidney or liver disease. Because it can cause liver or kidney problems in some people.
- This medication may also cause vision problems. If you experience any changes in your vision, then you should inform your doctor.
- After taken Naprosyn, it may cause you to become drowsy or less alert. So, avoid driving, operating dangerous machinery, or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness.
- You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to naproxen, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Actron), any medications for pain or fever, or any other medications.
Drug Interaction :-
If you are taking certain drugs with Naprosyn, then it may decreased, increased or altered the effects of Naprosyn medicine. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Naprosyn with the following:
- ACE inhibitors such as the blood-pressure drug Zestril
- Beta blockers such as the blood-pressure drug Tenormin
- Blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin
- Furosemide (Lasix)
- Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
- Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox)
- Oral diabetes drugs such as Diabinese and Micronase
- Phenytoin (Dilantin)
- Probenecid (Benemid)
- Sulfa drugs such as the antibiotics Bactrim and Septra
When you are taking Naprosyn, and you feel that overdose is suspected then contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an Naprosyn overdose may include:-