Naproxen is a pain and swelling reliever. It belongs to NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) group of drugs and is typically available in prescription. However, people can purchase less potent forms of naproxen over the counter and use it to treat fever using medication management app as well.
Naproxen works by blocking inflammation-causing enzymes called prostaglandins. These enzymes are often produced in the injured tissue, causing redness, swelling, and pain.
Naproxen is available as naproxen and naproxen sodium. The primary difference between the two is that naproxen sodium is more rapidly absorbed. It takes naproxen 2-4 hours to reach peak levels in the body, while for naproxen sodium, the time limit is only 1–2 hours, meaning that naproxen sodium gets absorbed in the body faster than regular naproxen.
In this article, we will discuss uses, warnings, potential side effects, precautions, and working of naproxen.
Naproxen relieves various types of pain including headache, tendonitis, dental pain, muscle aches, and more. It also reduces swelling and joint stiffness caused by medical conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, and gout attacks. For chronic conditions such as arthritis, try using other medications.
When purchasing naproxen, always check the ingredients on the label even if you have used this medication before just to make sure the manufacturer hasn’t changed the ingredients. Besides, even products with similar names may contain different ingredients at times. And consuming the wrong ingredients could worsen your condition.
How to Use Naproxen?
Read all directions on the label before taking naproxen and follow the directions of your pharmacist each time before getting a refill. If something is unclear, ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.
Take this medication by mouth with water, food, or milk, usually 2 or 3 times a day. Avoid laying down for at least 10-15 minutes after taking a dose.
Your specialist will determine the dosage based on your condition and response to the medication. To lower the risk of side effects, take the lowest effective dose of naproxen for the shortest amount of time possible. Also, do not increase your dose without doctor’s advice.
Since naproxen is a pain reliever, use it as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait for the pain to become worse, the medication may not work the best.
If your condition persists or gets worse, get medical help immediately.
Naproxen Side Effects
Upset stomach, nausea, headache, drowsiness, or dizziness are some of the common naproxen side effects. If any of these symptoms appear while you are on medication, immediately tell your health specialist about it.
Remember that doctors only prescribe this medication only if they think that its benefits for you will be greater than the risks of side effects. It’s very rare that people taking naproxen using a prescription reminder app have serious side effects.
Naproxen may raise your blood pressure. Regularly monitor your blood pressure while taking medication and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Also, tell your doctor if you experience side effects such as easy bruising/bleeding, difficulty in swallowing, vision changes, hearing changes, mood changes, symptoms of heart failure (swollen ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, sudden weight gain) or any other unusual symptoms.
It is very rare for naproxen to cause serious liver disease. However, if you notice any signs of liver damage such as continuous nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, yellow eyes, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, etc. get medical help right away.
Similarly, naproxen isn’t known for causing serious allergic reactions. However, if you do get symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching on different parts of the body, breathing problems, or dizziness, tell your doctor immediately.
These are some of naproxen’s possible side effects. However, this is not a complete list and many others may occur. If you notice symptoms that are not listed here, contact your specialist.
Before taking naproxen, tell your specialist if you are allergic to it or other NSAIDs (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, celecoxib). Also, avoid taking this medicine if you have other allergies as it may contain ingredients that can cause several health problems.
Tell your specialist about your medical history before taking naproxen. Patients with a history of asthma, blood disorders (such as anemia), bleeding/clotting problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, heartburn, stroke, swelling, and stomach ulcers should avoid taking naproxen.
Using naproxen can sometimes lead to kidney problems in individuals with a heart disease or kidney disease, and in those who are dehydrated. If you take certain medications using medication app reminder, drink plenty of water and juices to prevent dehydration. Also, tell your specialist immediately if you notice a change in the amount of urine.
Naproxen can make you dizzy or drowsy. Using it with alcohol or marijuana can double that effect because both of these substances also make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid using this medication with alcohol or marijuana. Also, do not drive or work on anything that needs alertness till you are no longer under its effect.
Before taking naproxen, pregnant women or those who are planning to get pregnant should talk with their specialist(s) about the possible benefits and risks. During pregnancy, naproxen should only be used when seriously needed. Doctors do not recommend this medication during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy because it may harm the unborn baby.
What to do in case of overdose?
In case of overdose, call your doctor or local emergency center. You can also call the poison control center for immediate medical attention. Symptoms of overdose may include passing out, trouble breathing, extreme drowsiness, severe stomach pain, and seizures.