The Naproxen is a drug non – steroidal anti – inflammatory. It is used to treat different pains and its intake should be controlled by a doctor, as it could cause a high risk in certain patients.
Naproxen is used for the relief of pain, inflammation, tenderness, and stiffness in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (also in its juvenile version), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that affects the spine). In addition, it is indicated for the treatment of tendonitis, bursitis , sprains, menstrual pain, toothache , gout, fever and for the management of postoperative pain.
It is also often used to treat Paget’s disease, which affects the bones (these become abnormally thick, weak and deformed), and Bartter’s syndrome (which causes the body not to absorb the potassium it needs, this being the consequence cramps and muscle weakness, as well as other symptoms).
The Naproxen prescription has several presentations:
- Delayed-release tablets (so that the medicine is released in the intestine, preventing stomach acids from breaking it down).
- Extended-release (long-acting) tablets.
- Suspension (liquid); take orally.
The Naproxen without prescription is presented in tablets gelatinous coating, for taking orally. It must be accompanied by a full glass of water in each of its intakes, from 8 to 12 hours.
The recommended children’s doses are as follows:
- Start, 10 mg / kg followed by 2.5 to 5 mg / kg every 8 hours. 15 mg / kg per day should not be exceeded after the first day of treatment.
- In rheumatoid arthritis in children, 10 mg / kg per day, which can be separated into two doses, every 12 hours; it is important to accompany them with food.
- In rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, start with 1000 mg daily, divided into two doses or in a single dose.
- In prolonged doses, a lower dose per day may be sufficient. The dose can be increased or decreased depending on the response of the patient.
- Avoid Naproxen during pregnancy and lactation. Call your doctor immediately if you suspect pregnancy while taking this medicine.
- Avoid its use with other medications that contain Naproxen .
- Do not exceed the range of the dose recommended by the doctor.
- Before taking Naproxen , tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Naproxen , NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen and ketoprofen), aspirin, fever or pain medications, or any ingredient in Naproxen products .
- You should inform your doctor of the medications you are taking, before starting any dose of Naproxen . There could be a risk of drug interaction that could affect the health of the patient, as well as increase or decrease the active components of the rest of the drugs.
- Consult your doctor if you are eating a low sodium diet, or if you show symptoms described in the contraindications of this medicine.
- Discuss with the specialist the benefits and harms of taking Naproxen from the age of 65.
- Inform the doctor in case you are taking this medicine and are going to undergo any surgery, even a minor one such as dental; if so, inform the dentist.
- Avoid driving a car or operating heavy machinery, as Naproxen can make you drowsy.
- Do not ingest alcoholic beverages, as they alter the effects of the medicine, and may increase the drowsiness caused by it.
Naproxen is contraindicated in people who have had an allergic reaction to it, in addition to taking acetylsalicylic acid or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesic agents.
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Naproxen , may cause a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who do not take it. The risk increases the longer the interval of its intake increases. Sudden death cases have been described. You should not take an NSAID if you have recently had a heart attack, unless prescribed by your doctor.
Naproxen side effects
Contact the doctor if the following effects are accentuated or do not disappear:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Headaches, dizziness
- Lightheadedness, drowsiness, or trouble sleeping.
- Tingling or burning in the arms or legs.
- Cold symptoms, ringing or ear problems.
Other effects could be serious:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Swelling in different parts of the body.
- Blisters, hives, rash, or redness of the skin.
- Hoarseness, excessive tiredness.
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes.
- Dark urine and difficulty urinating.
Do not forget to ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions that may arise. Do not use more doses than indicated by the doctor. Any medication, such as Naproxen , should be taken with caution and taking into account its package insert.
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