Naproxen

Description

Naproxen is used to relieve pain and inflammation in conditions like Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary while receiving this medicine. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with any bleeding disorder or a known allergy to it.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Naproxen

  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Change in appetite
  • Irregular menstrual periods

Uses of Naproxen

What is it prescribed for?

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Fever and Pain
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 8-12 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended while receiving this medicine due to an increase in the risk of stomach bleeding. Symptoms of stomach bleeding such as blood in a cough or stools should be reported to the doctor immediately.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Naproxen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Asthma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with asthma caused by aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Gastrointestinal disorders

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding disorders or active peptic ulcers.

Heart surgery

This medicine is not recommended for use in relieving pain after you have undergone a heart surgery.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Skin rash

Naproxen may cause fatal skin allergies without any warnings. Signs and symptoms like rashes, hives, fever, or other allergic symptoms should be reported to the doctor without any delay. The treatment should be discontinued if these symptoms appear.

Elderly population

Naproxen should be used with caution in the elderly population due to an increase in the risk of undesired side effects. Close monitoring of kidney function and symptoms of bleeding is necessary while receiving this medicine.

Missed Dose

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember it. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended while receiving this medicine due to an increase in the risk of stomach bleeding. Symptoms of stomach bleeding such as blood in a cough or stools should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Interaction with Medicine

Ramipril

Warfarin

Ketorolac

Prednisolone

Disease interactions

Asthma

Naproxen is not recommended for use in patients with asthma caused due to aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to these medicines. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be done under your doctor's supervision.

Impaired kidney function

Naproxen should be used with caution due to an increase in the risk of kidney injuries. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary while receiving this medicine. The dose should be reduced or an alternate treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Heart Disease

Naproxen should be used with caution in patients with heart diseases due to an increase in the risk of fluid accumulation in the body. Close monitoring of heart function and electrolytes level is necessary for such patients. The dose may be reduced or an alternate treatment option may be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Impaired liver function

Naproxen should be used with caution due to an increase in the risk of liver injury. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. The dose should be reduced or an alternate treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Naproxen as instructed by the doctor. Do not consume larger amounts than prescribed. Drink an adequate amount of water to minimize the risk of stomach upset. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Any symptoms of black or tarry stools, abdominal pain, etc. should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Miscelleneous

To be taken immediately after food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Naproxen works by blocking the formation of chemical substances in the body which cause pain and swelling.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~S3y2Oh:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Aug 2017

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