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Naproxen (generic Naprosyn)

  • What is Naproxen?
    Naproxen (generic Naprosyn) is an over-the-counter medication that is used to manage pain and symptoms related to musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and acute gout.

    Looking for a safe, effective way to manage your arthritis symptoms? Talk to your doctor about whether naproxen is right for you.

  • What are the most common side effects of Naproxen?
    While adverse reactions to naproxen are uncommon, some patients who take the drug may experience mild side effects, including abdominal pain, constipation, thirst, itchy skin, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, tinnitus, and shortness of breath.

    Rare, more serious adverse events have also been known to occur. If you are concerned that naproxen may be causing you to experience any number of adverse side effects, contact your doctor or clinician.

    This is not a complete list of side effects. If you are concerned about additional side effects, please contact your provider directly.

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Frequently asked questions about Naproxen

Naproxen (generic for Naprosyn) is a prescription medication that is used to manage pain and symptoms relates to musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that affects the spine), juvenile arthritis (arthritis in children), tendonitis, bursitis, and acute gout. Arthritis is a common condition caused by inflammation and swelling in your joints. More prevalent in older individuals, arthritis affects more than 54 million Americans.

Naproxen may also be prescribed to treat pain caused by menstruation. Non-prescription Naproxen is frequently used to treat colds, fevers, headaches, and other common non-urgent symptoms.

It should be noted that Naproxen does not cure these conditions. Instead, it helps to relieve symptoms and manage discomfort associated with these conditions.

Talk to your doctor about whether naproxen may be right for you.

Prescription-strength Naproxen is used to manage pain and relieve symptoms associated with:

Osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints) Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation in the joints) Ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that affects the spine) Juvenile arthritis (arthritis affecting children) Tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons that join muscle to bones) Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, that surround joints) Symptoms of gout (uric acid buildup that causes swelling and pain, usually in the foot)

While Naproxen doesn’t cure these conditions, it does help minimize symptoms and discomfort caused by these problems. It may be prescribed along with other methods of treatment to manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Naproxen is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). These drugs block a naturally occurring chemical called cyclooxygenase. Cyclooxygenase often causes inflammation and swelling, especially in joints and muscles, which can lead to pain. By blocking this chemical, Naproxen prevents inflammation and lessens friction on joints, bones, and muscles. This, in turn, provides relief from the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions like tendinitis and bursitis.

While there are some common side effects associated with meloxicam, it is important to remember that doctors prescribe this medication because its benefits generally outweigh its side effects.

The most common side effects associated with Naproxen are:

Abdominal pain Constipation Thirst Itchy skin Headache Dizziness Drowsiness Lightheadedness Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) Shortness of breath

Be sure to inform your doctor about your health history, and any medication you may be taking, prior to taking Naproxen. Naproxen may interact with other medications, causing adverse side effects.

The use of NSAIDs such as Naproxen may increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. They may also increase the risk of adverse gastrointestinal events such as bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines.

This is not a complete list of Naproxen’s side effects. For more information regarding precautions and possible side effects, please visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.

You will notice Naproxen start to work within an hour of taking it. Naproxen is fast-acting, which means it will help reduce the pain and swelling you may be experiencing right away. It may take a few days for the inflammation to subside, however. It may take about 3 days before you notice a consistent reduction in your symptoms.

The exact dosage of Naproxen depends on the health history and needs of the patient. As a relief for symptoms of arthritis, gout, and chronic pain, Naproxen is commonly prescribed as a yellow-colored 500 mg pill meant to be taken twice a day, or every 6 to 8 hours.

Do not increase your dosage of Naproxen without consulting your doctor. An overdose of Naproxen can cause serious adverse reactions, including vomiting, nausea, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Similarly, do not stop taking Naproxen unless advised to do so by your doctor. Naproxen works best when it is taken regularly.

If you are experiencing any uncomfortable side effects while taking Naproxen, talk to your doctor. You should not use this medicine 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.

Certain strengths of naproxen are currently only available via prescription. This means the use of this drug - in some cases - must be authorized by a licensed health care provider.

Providers on Sesame can write a prescription – or refill an existing one – during a virtual or in-person visit. Depending on the medication, you can arrange for same-day pickup at a pharmacy near you. Book an online consultation with a real, licensed provider on Sesame today to determine whether or not naproxen is right for you.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your health care provider. Providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

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Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your clinician.

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