Warnings & Recalls for Naproxen
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
such as naproxen
can increase the risk of a heart attack
, or other heart disorders.
take naproxen or other NSAIDs
directly before or after coronary artery bypass graft
To ensure your safety while taking naproxen, tell your doctor if you:
- smoke or use tobacco products
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding
- have high cholesterol
- have high blood pressure
- have diabetes
Naproxen and Increased Risk of Ulcers or Bleeding
Continuous use of naproxen may cause ulcers
from the stomach
. You may be at increased risk
for these complications if you:
- drink 3 or more alcoholic beverages each day
- have been taking any other NSAIDs
- are an elderly patient
- have any other medical conditions
- have any bleeding disorders
Naproxen and Pregnancy
Naproxen is an FDA pregnancy Category C
drug. Sufficient tests have not been conducted to know the affect during pregnancy
. Women who are pregnant
are advised not to take naproxen
, especially in the later phases of pregnancy as it may harm
. Studies conducted on pregnant animals show an increased likelihood of prolonged delivery time
, low birth weight
, fetal abnormalities
and even death
. Small doses of naproxen can be passed
through breastmilk to a nursing baby
. If you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding, ask your doctor
about the risks
of using naproxen.
Naproxen Treatment and Use
Naproxen | Aleve is a generic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) originally marketed by Syntex in 1976 for relieving pain caused by health conditions. Prescription naproxen may be used to reduce pain caused by:
- types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gouty arthritis)
- bursitis (swelling of fluid-filled sacs between tendons and bone or skin)
- tendinitis (swelling of tissue between muscle and bone)
- cramping during menstruation
Non-prescribed naproxen may be used to relieve fever, headaches, muscle aching, joint aches, back aches, symptoms of a cold, or aching in the mouth.
How does Naproxen Work?
Naproxen works in the body by blocking prostaglandins from being released and producing pain, fever and swelling. This helps reduce the feeling of pain and symptoms of inflammation among patients.
Although this may provide quick relief for patients, caution is advised. Prostaglandins aid in processes that defend the stomach from harmful chemicals and by reducing the amount of prostaglandin, the stomach may be at risk for developing ulcers or abnormal bleeding.
Naproxen Dosage Information
Specific doses of naproxen depend on treatment and patients medical condition. The typical adult dose is 250mg to 500mg two times per day of naproxen tablets. Controlled-release tablets are normally prescribed for 750mg to 1000mg one time each day. Naproxen should be taken with a full glass of water and food to avoid stomach aches. Do not break or chew naproxen. Read all instructions before taking naproxen. Do not take more than the recommended amount.