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NAPROXEN

Naproxen belongs to the family of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that works by reducing the amount of prostaglandins, substances that control inflammation and pain, your body produces.

This medication is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, or menstrual cramps.

Do not use this drug:

  • If you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
  • More than prescribed.
  • Just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
  • If you have certain conditions such as chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance.

Common side effects may include:

  • Upset Stomach
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Serious side effects may include:

  • Easy Bruising or Bleeding
  • Difficult or Painful Swallowing
  • Hearing Changes (such as Ringing in the Ears)
  • Mental or Mood Changes
  • Swelling of the Ankles, Feet or Hands
  • Sudden or Unexplained Weight Gain
  • Signs of Kidney Problems (such as Change in the Amount of Urine)
  • Unexplained Stiff Neck
  • Vision Changes
  • Unusual Tiredness

Rare side effects may include:

  • Liver Disease
  • Dark Urine
  • Persistent Nausea, Vomiting, Loss of Appetite
  • Stomach or Abdominal Pain
  • Yellowing Eyes or Skin
  • Severe Allergic Reaction

Precautions

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
  • Your medical history, especially of:
    • Asthma (Including a History of Worsening Breathing after Taking Aspirin or Other NSAIDs)
    • Blood Disorders (such as Anemia, Bleeding/Clotting Problems)
    • Growths In The Nose (Nasal Polyps)
    • Heart Disease (such as Previous Heart Attack)
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Liver Disease
    • Stroke
    • Throat, Stomach or Intestinal Problems (such as Bleeding, Heartburn, Ulcers)

 

Interactions

Drug interactions may either lessen the effectiveness of this drug or heighten the risk for severe side effects. It’s important to inform your doctor all the medication including prescription and non-prescription and herbal medicines you are taking or going to take.

Possible interactions with this drug are:

  • Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • Blood Pressure Medications
  • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • Aminoglycosides (for Example, Gentamicin)
  • Anticoagulants, for Example, Warfarin, (Coumadin)
  • Cyclosporine
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Thiazide Diuretics
  • Aspirin
  • Alcohol

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • Severe Stomach Pain
  • Extreme Drowsiness
  • Seizures

 

Available brand/s:

  • Aprelax
  • Flacidon
  • Naflax
  • Naxen
  • Penles

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