What is Naprosyn?
Naprosyn or naproxen is a Non-steroidal anti-inflamatory Drug used to treat pain in body. It reduces hormones that cause inflammation resulting from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis or menstrual cramps. These are slow acting delayed release tablets not used in treating acute pain.
How to take Naprosyn Tablets?
The drug has to be taken under the supervision of a doctor with doses as prescribed. Don’t overdose under any circumstances and keep the dose to the minimum that is effective in treating your pain. Swallow the entire tablet without splitting, crushing or chewing. If the drug is in the form of liquid (oral suspension) shake well before measuring the dose. Stick to a single brand and strength rather than changing it too often. In case of children first check their weight and then decide on the dose to be given. If you use this drug you may need tests at regular intervals. Due to its interaction with other drugs you will need to consult your doctor (expert) whenever you take another drug with Naprosyn. Keep the bottle tightly closed away from direct heat and light and moisture under room temperature.
What if one misses the dose?
Normally the drug is not put on regular dose schedule so it doesn’t matter if you happen to miss the dose. You can miss the skipped dose and move on. Don’t take double dose to compensate the missed one. This may prove hazardous to your health. In case you accidently overdose call the help line or get in touch with medical practitioner immediately.
Precautions to be taken while taking Naprosyn Tablets
You cannot mix alcohol with the drug so as long as you have alcohol in your blood stream you cannot take Naprosyn. If you do it you are at risk of damaging your intestines and trigger stomach bleeding. Next, you cannot take Aspirin along with the drug. A lot of over-the-counter drugs contain compounds similar to Naprosyn which if taken along with the drug may cause serious side effects. If you wish to take any antacid you should first consult with your doctor as some antacids may reduce the effect of naproxen in your body.
Side effects of the Naprosyn Tablets
Firstly you need to check whether you are allergic to Naprosyn drug. In case you experience severe side effects of the drug you have to get in touch with your nearest doctor. The normal side effects of the drug are sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, wheezing or mild respiratory problems, hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat.
Severe side effects range from heart attack, chest pain slowly reaching your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side, slurred speech or feeling short of breath.
Consult your doctor in case you experience:
- Difficulty in breathing (even with minimum exertion)
- Sudden swelling or rapid weight gain
- Signs of skin rash
- Stomach bleeding - bloody stools, bleeding while coughing or vomiting
- Liver problems - Itching, consistently feeling tired, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
- Kidney problems - Painful urinating, swelling in feet or ankles, feeling
- Anemia pale skin, feeling light-headed, galloping heart rate, trouble in concentrating
- Severe skin reaction - burning in eyes, red or purple skin rash that spreads over face and upper body.
Drugs that interact with Naprosyn Tablets?
If you are on any anti-depressant drug you need to ask medical expert before taking a dose of Naprosyn. Taking the drug along with anti-depressants like citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine or vilazodone is not advisable. Mixing these drugs with NSAID may cause severe complications.
If you are using any of the drugs given below you should ask the doctor or pharmacist before taking a dose of Naprosyn:
- Phenytoin or phenobarbitone;
- "Water pill";
- Heart or blood pressure medication
- Insulin or oral diabetes medicine.
There may be other drugs or herbal products not mentioned in the above list that may interact with naproxen.