Generic Name: Naproxen

  • What is Naprosyn?

    Naprosyn is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, swelling, and inflammation from medical conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon), gout (severe and painful inflammation of the joints), menstrual cramps, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine), and bursitis (inflammation and pain around the joints).

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

    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.

    Naprosyn 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.

    Naprosyn can cause high blood pressure or worsening of existing high blood pressure.

    Naprosyn 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 Naprosyn?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Naprosyn. 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 disease, 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.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    Juvenile Arthritis

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child. The use of Naprosyn suspension is recommended for juvenile arthritis in children ≥2 years.

  • How should I take Naprosyn?

    To avoid upset stomach, you may take Naprosyn with food and with a full glass of water. Do not break, crush, or chew EC-Naprosyn tablets. If using Naprosyn suspension, shake well before use.

    If you take Naprosyn for arthritis, take it regularly and exactly as your doctor recommends.

  • What should I avoid while taking Naprosyn?

    Avoid taking antacids, aspirin, or other NSAIDs while taking Naprosyn. Avoid alcohol while taking Naprosyn.

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

    If Naprosyn 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 Naprosyn with the following: antacids and sucralfate, anticoagulants (blood thinning drugs) such as warfarin, aspirin, blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol) or ACE inhibitors, cholestyramine, diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide, lithium, methotrexate, NSAIDs, probenecid, antidepressant medications known as SSRIs, sulfonamide antibiotics, and antidiabetic medications in a class called sulfonylureas.

  • What are the possible side effects of Naprosyn?

    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.

    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, flu-like 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 Naprosyn if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

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

    If you miss a dose of Naprosyn, 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 take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Naprosyn?

    Store at room temperature.

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