Naproxen belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain.
What is it?
As previously mentioned, it is an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), that is used mostly for pain relief caused by various conditions.
How does it work?
As an anti-inflammatory medicine, it works by reducing hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain. Offering relief from various ailments.
What is Naproxen used for?
Naproxen is most commonly used to treat pain or inflammation caused by tendinitis, gout, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or menstrual cramps. It can also be used to treat acute pain caused by other conditions, therefore your doctor might decide to prescribe you Naproxen even if you have a different ailment than the ones listed here.
How to use Naproxen?
Use Naproxen exactly as prescribed by your doctor, or as directed in the information leaflet. Never take Naproxen in doses larger than the one recommended. Always try and take the lowest possible dose to treat your specific medical condition.
The recommended dosage is 2 to 3 tablets a day, taken in equal intervals. Make sure to take the tablets while with a lot of water; remember, don’t chew the pills before swallowing them.
Try to take the tables during the same time every day for best results. If you’ve forgotten to take the dose, do not take a double dose to try and make up for it, just take the next dose as you normally would. If you’ve accidentally taken a dose greater than the one recommended, get in touch with your doctor immediately.
Some people might experience discomfort in their stomach after taking Naproxen. In that case, try to take it during or after a meal, in order to avoid having an upset stomach.
Side effects and precautions
Before taking Naproxen, make sure to read the information leaflet and read up on it’s usage, dosages and side effects. You should not use Naproxen if you have a history of allergic reactions to aspirin or any other NSAID medicines.
Naproxen is intended for persons over the age of 12, and should not be used by anyone younger than the intended user age. Consult with a doctor before giving this medicine to a child under the age of twelve.
If you can, avoid using Naproxen long term, because it can increase the risk of a fatal heart attack or a stroke. This also applies to people who have never had any heart problems and who don’t have any heart disease.
Never take Naproxen if you’re allergic to any of its components. Read the enclosed information leaflet that comes with the medicine, and check the full list of ingredients.
Common Naproxen side effects include:
Contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help if you notice any of the severe side effects, which include:
- Skin rash, no matter how mild
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue
- Signs of stomach bleeding
- Liver or kidney problems
- Shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating
Keep Naproxen tablets out of children’s reach and don’t use them after the expiration date on the package. If your symptoms do not get better, even after taking this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.
If you see any peculiar complications or side effects which you suspect might have been caused by this medication, go see your doctor immediately.