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Naprosyn

( naproxen )

 

250 mg round, light yelow tablet

375 mg peach, capsule-shaped tablet

500 mg light yellow, capsule-shaped tablet

 

Purpose

To reduce inflammation; to reduce pain.

 

Indications

For anti-inflammatory action and pain relief.

 

Dosage

One tablet two or three times a day. Maximum recommended dosage is 1,000 mg a day.

 

Side effects

Gastrointestinal side effects, with irritation of the stomach lining, are the most common and include nausea, indigestion, and heartburn. Skin rash and other allergic problems are very rare. Fluid retention has been reported in a few individuals. Hospitalization for gastrointestinal bleeding is required in approximately 1% of patients taking full doses for one year.

 

Special hints

Naprosyn has an advantage over some drugs in this class by having a longer half-life, thus, you do no have to take as many tablets. Each tablet lasts from eight to twelve hours. it is one of the most popular of the dugs of this class. Generic Naproxen is now available since the original naproxen patent has expired, and is much less expensive. An enteric coated (EC) Naprosyn is now available as well and may help prevent stomach upset.

 

In general, aspirin should be avoided, since it interferes with Naprosyn in some individuals. If you notice fluid retention, reduce your salt and sodium intake, and discuss a change in medication with your doctor. If you have stomach irritation, try taking the tablets on a full stomach or after antacids. Although absorption may be slightly decreased, you may be more comfortable overall.

 

Over-the-counter Naproxen ( Aleve )

In late 1993 the Food and Drug Administration approved naproxen for nonprescription use in a smaller ( 200 mg ) tablet size, adding a fourth over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to the previously available acetaminophen ( Tylenol ), aspirin, and ibuprofen ( Advil ). this drug will be more effective in some individuals, and its longer half-life means that it only needs to be taken every eight to twelve hours. You should not take more than three tablets in twenty-four hours ( people over age 65 should not exceed two tablets ) except on your doctor's recommendation. as with ibuprofen, we believe that most arthritis patients should be using the prescription drug under a doctor's supervision rather than the over-the-counter version.

         
         

     

         

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