Naprosyn is taken for treatment such diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendonitis and bursitis, and acute gout. This medicine is also taken to moderate pain, and for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. Naprosyn Suspension is preferably for children, in this case a draught is based on the patient’s weight. The FDA (December 1991) endorsed this medicine.
There are following kinds of Naprosyn: a regular tablet, an extended-release tablet, and a liquid. It is necessary to take the medicine twice a day for arthritis and every 8 hours for gout. As for some symptoms caused by pain, it is necessary to take the extended-release tablets once a day or the regular tablets every 6-8 hours. Take Naprosyn while eating or with milk, because it may cause disordered stomach.
Naproxen belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs are used to relieve some symptoms caused by pain, fever, and inflammation. They work by reducing the levels of prostaglandis, chemicacls that are responsible for pain, fever and inflammation. Naproxen prevents the ferment that makes prostaglandis, resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandis. The symptoms of pain, fever and inflammation are reduced.
If you are taking Naprosin on a regular schedule, take the missed tablet as soon as you recalled about it and take the following as usual. But never take a double dose, skip the missed dose if it is time for the next one. If you are taking Naprosyn as needed, take the missed dose if it is needed, but it is necessary to wait recommended time interval before taking another dose.
It is important to store Naprosyn suspension at room temperature, in light-resistant container and avoid excessive heat, above 40 degrees C. Store Naprosyn tablets at the same conditions.
Naprosyn Safety information
Before taking Naproxen, warn your doctor about your diseases. It is necessary to tell if you have:
- kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach;
- congestive heart failure;
- a coagulation disorder;
- an allergy to aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs;
- liver disease;
- fluid retention;
- high blood pressure.
Tell to your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day.
If you have any of these conditions you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during the treatment.
Naprosyn is not expected to be harmful to unborn baby’s health (it is in the FDA pregnancy category B). Do not take Naproxen medicine in the third trimester of pregnancy, because a similar drug is known to affect to baby’s heart. It is necessary to know that Naprosyn passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Before taking Naprosyn, consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are breast-feeding baby.
Naprosyn Side effects
Contact your doctor immediately in the following cases:
- if you experience blood in vomit;
- if you experience bloody, black, or tarry stools (these symptoms could indicate damage to the stomach or intestines).
Stop taking Naprosyn and contact your doctor if you experience the following side effects:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- decreased hearing or ringing in the ears;
- muscle cramps, numbness, or tingling;
- ulcers (open sores) in the mouth;
- abdominal cramping, heartburn, or indigestion;
- rapid weight gain (fluid retention);
- yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice).
Continue to take Naproxen and talk to your doctor if you experience the following less serious side effects:
- dizziness or headache;
- unusual weakness;
- nausea, diarrhea, or constipation;
- dry mouth.
These side effects may be more likely to occur. Talk to your doctor about any unusual side effect you noticed.