What is Naproxen?
It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and can be recommended to relieve the pain, sensitivity to touch, swelling and stiffness associated with arthrosis , rheumatoid arthritis , juvenile arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Naproxen, like all Fans, works by blocking the production of Prostaglandins, molecules included in inflammatory processes.
What is Naproxen used for?
Naproxen is used in the treatment of pain related to bursitis , tendonitis , arthritis caused by gout and other types of pain syndromes, including menstrual pain .
The medicines based counter naproxen may instead be taken to prevent pain in the head, body aches, atritici pain, menstrual pain, toothache, back pain and to reduce fever or prevent the symptoms of colds.
How is Naprossene taken?
Naproxen can be taken orally in the form of tablets, delayed-release tablets, prolonged-release tablets and suspension for oral use. The dosage of the release tablets is usually one dose per day, but may increase to two doses per day in the presence of arthritis and three doses in the presence of gout.
When used to treat acute pain syndromes it can be administered as needed every 6-8 hours.
Naproxen over-the-counter medications should be administered after eating in order to avoid causing nausea .
Side effects of Naproxen
Taking NSAIDs increases the danger of cardiovascular events, ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Among the possible side effects of Naproxen we also find:
- gas in the stomach
- excessive thirst
- light-headed feeling
- burning or tingling in arms or legs
- cold symptoms
- hearing problems
It is essential to notify your doctor immediately in the event that taking the medicine causes:
- visual disturbances
- feeling of having the pad stuck in your throat
- weight gain
- throat pain, fever, chills and other symptoms of infection
- skin rashes
- skin redness
- swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles or calves
- trouble breathing
- trouble swallowing
- dry mouth
- excessive tiredness
- bad upper right abdomen
- flu-like symptoms
- bruising or purple spots under the skin
- cloudy urine
- colorless urine
- blood in the urine
- back pain
- difficult or painful urination
- loss of appetite
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Naproxen
Naproxen should not be administered immediately before or immediately after coronary artery bypass surgery .
It should also not be taken in combination with other pain relievers.
Naproxen can hinder the ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery . The sleepiness caused by the medicine can be accentuated by alcohol.
Before taking Naproxen it is essential to warn the doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance or to other NSAIDs , at any painkiller or antipyretic medicine or any other drug;
- of the drugs, phytotherapics and supplements taken, remembering to specifically mention ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, beta blockers, diuretics, Lithium, antidiabetics, Methotrexate, Probenecid, SSRI, sulfonamides and Warfarin;
- if a low sodium diet should be adhered to ;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from asthma (mainly if related to frequent stuffy or runny nose or nasal polyps), anemia or kidney or liver disease;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
It is best to warn surgeons and dentists about an ongoing treatment with Naproxen.