Naproxen is a strong anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain, swelling and symptoms caused by conditions such as arthritis. It is an example of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by preventing the release of inflammatory substances in the body that can lead to pain and swelling.
- Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)
- Relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation
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Naproxen belongs to the same group of drugs as ibuprofen – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are better at reducing pain than over the counter medications and have proven to be effective in managing pain and inflammation in gout.
Is it okay to take Naproxen every day?
Naproxen is mostly recommended for people who have short-term, non-serious injuries or pain. High doses of Naproxen taken over a long period of time are associated with the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
How long will it take to work?
It can take up to two hours for Naproxen to reach a full effect; however, in most patients, it is quicker than this. The effects usually last 7-12 hours.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, then take another tablet when you remember. If a long time has passed, and it’s nearly time for the next dose, do not double up to make up for the missed dose.
Will Naproxen affect my driving?
Naproxen can cause drowsiness (although it is not a common side effect) and it can affect your vision. Driving or operating machinery should be avoided if either of these side effects occurs.
Can I take Naproxen during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Naproxen shouldn’t be taken in the first six months of pregnancy unless prescribed by a healthcare professional. It is not recommended in the last three months of pregnancy or during breastfeeding.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking naproxen.
Some common side effects reported with naproxen use include:
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Skin reactions
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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