Anaprox

Generic Name: Naproxen

  • What is Anaprox?

    Anaprox is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, swelling, and inflammation from medical conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, acute gout, menstrual cramps, ankylosing spondylitis, and bursitis.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Anaprox?

    NSAIDs may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death. This risk increases with longer use of NSAIDs and in people with heart disease.

    NSAIDs should never be used right before or after a type of heart surgery called a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).

    NSAIDs can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment, which can lead to death. Elderly patients are at greater risk for this complication.

    NSAIDs can cause hypertension or worsening of existing hypertension.

    NSAIDs should only be used exactly as prescribed, at the lowest dose appropriate for your condition, and for the shortest time needed.

  • Who should not take Anaprox?

    If you had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reactions while taking aspirin or any other NSAIDs, you should not take this medication. NSAIDs should not be used for pain right before or after heart bypass surgery.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Anaprox?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Anaprox. Talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also notify your doctor if you smoke, use alcohol, have liver or kidney dysfunction, heart failure, or if you have had a serious reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs in the past.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Acute Gout

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 825 milligrams (mg) of Anaprox followed by 275 mg every 8 hours until the attack has subsided.

    Management of Pain, Menstrual Cramps, and Acute Tendonitis and Bursitis

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 550 mg of Anaprox followed by 550 mg every 12 hours or 275 mg every 6 to 8 hours as required.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Adults: The usual dose of Anaprox is 275 mg twice daily.

  • How should I take Anaprox?

    To avoid upset stomach, you may take Anaprox with food and with a full glass of water.

  • What should I avoid while taking Anaprox?

    Avoid taking antacids, aspirin, or other NSAIDs while taking Anaprox. Avoid all alcohol while taking Anaprox.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Anaprox?

    If Anaprox is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Anaprox with the following: ACE inhibitors, antacids and sucralfate, aspirin, beta-blockers (such as propranolol), cholestyramine, coumarin-type anticoagulants, diuretics such as furosemide and thiazides, hydantoins, lithium, methotrexate, NSAIDs, probenecid, antidepressant medications known as SSRIs, sulfonamides, sulfonylureas, and warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Anaprox?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Serious side effects may include: heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure from body swelling (fluid retention), kidney problems including kidney failure, bleeding and ulcers in the stomach and intestine, low red blood cells (anemia), life-threatening skin reactions, life-threatening allergic reactions, liver problems including liver failure, asthma attacks in people with asthma

    Other side effects may include: stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, dizziness

    Get immediate medical attention if you experience: shortness of breath or trouble breathing, chest pain, weakness in one part or side of your body, slurred speech, swelling of the face or throat, nausea, fatigue or weakness, itching, yellowing of your skin or eyes, stomach pain, flulike symptoms, blood in your vomit, blood in your bowel movement (or if it is black and sticky like tar), unusual weight gain, skin rash or blistering with fever, swelling of the arms, legs, hands, and feet

  • Can I receive Anaprox if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Anaprox, like all NSAIDs, should be avoided during pregnancy, particularly in late pregnancy. Anaprox should not be used if breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Anaprox?

    If you miss a dose of Anaprox, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Anaprox?

    Store Anaprox at room temperature in a well-closed container.

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