NAPROSYN DRUG INFO
following information is intended only intended to supplement, not be a substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your doctor, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be interpreted that use of the drug is appropriate, safe or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Brand name: Naprosyn
What are the common uses?: Naprosyn is used to bring pain relief for conditions such as headaches,
muscle aches, tendonitis, dental pain, and menstrual cramps. It also reduces pain, swelling,
and joint stiffness caused by arthritis, bursitis, and episodes of gout. This medication is commonly
known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks your body's
production of certain natural substances that result in inflammation.
How do I use this medicine?: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist or doctor before you begin using naproxen and then each time you get a refill.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth or as you have been directed by your doctor, typically 2 or 3 times a
day with a full glass of water (8-12 ounces). Do not lay down for least 10 minutes after you consume this drug. To prevent
stomach upset, take this medication with an antacid, milk, or with food.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
In order to reduce effects such as stomach bleeding and others, take this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.
Do not increase your dose or take Naproxen more often than directed. For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, continue taking this medication as directed by your doctor.
For certain conditions (such as arthritis and gout), it may be upwards of two weeks before you get the full benefit.
If you are taking Naprosyn "as needed" (not on a regular schedule), remember that pain medications work best if they are utilized at the first sign of pain.
If you wait until the pain has worsened, Naprosyn may not work as well.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
What are the side effects?: The potential effects include upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, headache, drowsiness, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Naprosyn because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Naproxen do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bruising/bleeding, difficult/painful swallowing, hearing changes (including ringing in the ears), mental or mood changes, unexpected swelling of the ankles/feet/hands, sudden/unexplained weight gain, change in the amount of urine, unexplained stiff neck, vision changes, unusual tiredness.
Naproxen may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin.
A severe allergic reaction to Naprosyn is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, difficulty with breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
What precautions should I be aware of?: Before taking Naprosyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before taking Naprosyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 congestive heart failure, previous heart attack), high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, severe loss of body water (dehydration), stroke, throat/stomach/intestinal problems (such as bleeding, heartburn, ulcers).
Naprosyn may cause you to be you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
It is important to note that Naprosyn may result in bleeding within the stomach. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Naprosyn may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
If you are planning to have surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Eldery adults may have a higher sensitivity to the side effects of Naprosyn, especially stomach and intestinal bleeding.
Before using Naprosyn, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the benefits and risks (such as miscarriage). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. If you are pregnant, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is not recommended for use during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby and interference with normal labor/delivery.
Naproxen passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
What are the drug interactions?: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Products that may interact with Naproxen include: aliskiren, ACE inhibitors (such as captopril, lisinopril), angiotensin II receptor blockers (such as losartan, valsartan), cidofovir, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), lithium.
Naprosyn may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with other drugs that also may cause bleeding. Examples include anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel, "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/enoxaparin/warfarin, among others.
Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many medications contain pain relievers/fever reducers (aspirin, NSAIDs such as celecoxib, ibuprofen, or ketorolac). These drugs are similar to Naproxen and may increase your risk of side effects if taken together. However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking the aspirin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Naproxen can affect the results of certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
What if there is in an overdose?: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe stomach pain, extreme drowsiness, seizures.
Additional Information: When you buy Naproxen, it is for you only. Do not share Naproxen with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood pressure, complete blood count, liver/kidney function) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you have arthritis, lifestyle changes (such as weight loss if needed, strengthening/conditioning exercises) may help improve your flexibility and joint function. Work with your doctor to create a healthy lifestyle plan.
What if a I miss a dose: If you are taking Naprosyn on a regular schedule (not just "as needed") and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
How should this drug be stored?: Keep Naprosyn at room temperature and away from light and moisture as much as possible. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.