Naproxen

 
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What is/are Aleve Tablets?

NAPROXEN is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. This medicine may be used for dental pain, headache, or painful monthly periods. It is also used for painful joint and muscular problems such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and gout. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care providers before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma
  • cigarette smoker
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks a day
  • heart disease or circulation problems such as heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention)
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to naproxen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. 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. Long-term, continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • aspirin
  • cidofovir
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • methotrexate
  • other drugs for inflammation like ketorolac or prednisone
  • pemetrexed
  • probenecid
  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

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
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • 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):

  • constipation
  • headache
  • heartburn

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not get better. Talk to your doctor before taking another medicine for pain. Do not treat yourself.

This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.

Do not take ibuprofen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.

This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. These increase irritation to your stomach and can make it more susceptible to damage from this medicine. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death.

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. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Where should I keep this medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. ,

What is/are Aleve Tablets?

NAPROXEN is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. This medicine may be used for dental pain, headache, or painful monthly periods. It is also used for painful joint and muscular problems such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and gout. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care providers before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma
  • cigarette smoker
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks a day
  • heart disease or circulation problems such as heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention)
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to naproxen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. 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. Long-term, continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • aspirin
  • cidofovir
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • methotrexate
  • other drugs for inflammation like ketorolac or prednisone
  • pemetrexed
  • probenecid
  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

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
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • 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):

  • constipation
  • headache
  • heartburn

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not get better. Talk to your doctor before taking another medicine for pain. Do not treat yourself.

This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.

Do not take ibuprofen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.

This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. These increase irritation to your stomach and can make it more susceptible to damage from this medicine. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death.

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. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Where should I keep this medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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goonandwalkitout is a member of the Pharmacy Reviewer forum
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All day strong, all day long? Right.

This is a drug that I take twice a day to help potentiate the small doses of opiates I use. It also seems to work decently on it's own in regards to arthritis, but not so much in regards to muscle pain nor so for headaches in my experience. Buy the generic, or skip this one all together.

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Brand Name
Aleve
Medical Condition
Osteoarthritis

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Naproxen Doesn't Help My Arthritis

I began taking Naproxen in 2008 when it was recommended by a family member. I was told that a friend of my mother's took Naproxen daily for her arthritis and the drug helped immensely. This friend took only one pill every 24 hours and said she was pain free. My mother said that her friend suffered with arthritic flares as badly as I did.

I took my mother's advice and bought OTC, generic Naproxen. I began taking one Naproxen each morning. At that time, I had terrible flares which caused pain in my hips, hands, and left knee. During the first few months of taking Naproxen, it seemed that one tiny OTC pill was the answer to my prayers. My arthritic flares rate on the pain scale of 8, just so you know how badly I hurt. I can function, but it's difficult. The more I move around, the better, but getting out of bed is the hardest part of the day. Plus, I work at a desk all day long, so I cannot stay in motion.

After a few months of taking Naproxen, one pill wasn't helping. I increased the dose to two pills, which is the maximum you can take. I didn't want to take more than that, although I think you can take one more pill every 12 hours. I am concerned about NSAIDS and pain relief damaging my liver. Anyway, two pills didn't seem to do much either. There was some relief, but my pain was still at a 5 or greater.

Another thing I found while taking this drug was it didn't help with headaches. I do not get headaches too often anymore, but when I do, I need relief. Typically 800 mg of Ibuprofen will take away my headache (unless it's a migraine). Naproxen did nothing for headache pain, and still does nothing for my headaches. I've tried to take the drug again, from time to time, to see if it was the answer to my aches and pains (headaches, arthritis, etc).

I have never had Naproxen work as well for me again. I wonder if it was a placebo effect? It's a shame, because taking less drugs (1-2 pills daily as opposed to aspirin/Ibuprofen/acetaminophen every 4-6 hours) is a godsend for me. I also want relief from my pain. Naproxen didn't help.

I didn't receive any side effects from this medicine while taking it.

I wish I had the same results as others who take this drug. It seems to work very well for some people.

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