Naprosyn (Naproxen) belongs to a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This medication works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation. Naprosyn is used for treating pain or inflammation caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, or menstrual cramps. This medicine could be used to treat dental pain, headache, or painful monthly periods.
Doctor's prescription is required to use this medicine.
Always use Naprosyn (Naproxen) as directed by your physician.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take it with food if your stomach gets upset. Try to not lie down for at least 10 minutes after you take it. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not crush, chew, or break a Naprosyn tablet. Swallow it whole.
Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Always use Naprosyn (Naproxen) exactly as directed by your doctor.
Before using Naprosyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or any other medications. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history. Tell your doctor about all the other prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.
Do not use Naprosyn if you are allergic to naproxen, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Do not use Naprosyn just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Naproxen can pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in the nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Naprosyn is not approved for use by anyone younger than 2 years old.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:
• heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;
• a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
• a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
• liver or kidney disease; or
• fluid retention.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-Black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit
-Difficulty breathing or wheezing
-Nausea or vomiting
-Severe stomach pain
-Skin rash, skin redness, blistering or peeling skin, hives, or itching
-Slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body
-Swelling of eyelids, throat, lips
-Unexplained weight gain or swelling
-Unusually weak or tired
-Yellowing of eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Naprosyn is sometimes used only when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule.
If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature. Keep container tightly closed.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I avoid while taking Naprosyn?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Avoid taking aspirin while you are taking Naprosyn.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
Ask your doctor before taking any other medication for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin, salicylates, or other medicines similar to naproxen.
Ask your doctor using an antacid, and use only the type your doctor recommends. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb naproxen.