Naproxen

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Naproxen is a type of anti-inflammatory that belongs to the class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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How to take - Side Effects - Dosage - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

It works by blocking the effects of enzymes that play a part in the production of prostaglandin, a substance that controls swelling and pain within your body.

The medication can be used to provide symptomatic relief from a wide variety of conditions that cause inflammation, like arthritis, bursitis, gout and menstrual cramps.

If you’re looking for relief from a medical condition that’s causing inflammation, talk to one of our doctors online now.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, examine any affected areas and if needed, prescribe anti-inflammatory medication like naproxen to help ease your symptoms.

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How is naproxen taken?

Naproxen is taken orally (by mouth) and can come in tablet, capsule and liquid form.

Since it can be used to treat such a wide range of conditions, there’s no such thing as an average dose and how much you’re prescribed will depend on the severity of your condition, your age and whether or not you have any other medical conditions.

You may be instructed to take your dosage once daily, or several times a day - however, you shouldn’t ‘double up’ on your next dose if you’ve forgotten to take one. Instead, just take the one you’ve missed as soon as you remember and carry on as normal (unless it’s nearly time for your next dose, then just leave out the one you’ve missed).

What can naproxen be used to treat?

Naproxen can be used to treat the inflammatory symptoms of a wide range of conditions, but some of its most popular uses include:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis or bursitis
  • Gout
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What are the side effects of naproxen?

While generally safe, naproxen can present side effects, especially if you go over the prescribed dosage.

Some of the most common include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Dizzy spells
  • Feelings of nausea

If you experience chest pain, trouble breathing or swelling - you may be having an allergic reaction and should seek emergency medical assistance as soon as possible.

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Things to avoid

Naproxen can interact with several other medications, as well as vitamin supplements and even herbal remedies. Make sure you tell your doctor of any other substances you’re taking before you start your course of naproxen.

Some of the most common interactions include:

  • Drugs to manage blood pressure
  • Other NSAIDs (like ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Blood thinning medication
  • Lithium

Naproxen is also unsuitable for people with asthma, stomach problems and kidney disease. It can also pose a risk for people with high blood pressure.

Naproxen and alcohol

Naproxen shouldn’t be taken alongside alcohol, since this can worsen the chances of developing developing ulcers or bleeding in the stomach.

Is It Safe to Use Naproxen During Pregnancy?

Some studies have shown risks for unborn babies could be posed by naproxen, so it’s not typically prescribed unless the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.

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If you’re wondering whether naproxen would work for you - don’t rely on guesswork, talk to one of our doctors online right now.

Our GPs can discuss your condition and if needed, prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug like naproxen to help relieve your symptoms.

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