Naproxen is a common NSAID, which helps decreasing the hormones responsible for pain and inflammation in the body. The generic name is Naproxen. Brand names are Aleve, Naprosyn, Aleve etc.,
The slower acting naproxen forms are extended release tablets and delayed release tablets and are meant for treating chronic conditions only such as ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis. These naproxen forms will not be effective in treating acute pain.
Some important information
Do not use Naproxen if you are allergic to aspirin or any other NSAID medication. Naproxen can cause heart stroke or heart attack if used in high doses, used for a long term or in case you are suffering from a heart disease.
Do not use the medication after and before heart surgery(bypass). Seek emergency help in case you experience breathlessness, chest pain, weakness, vision problems or problems related to balance.
Naproxen can lead to intestinal or stomach bleeding which can be life threatening too. This condition can occur in older adults without any notice when they are using this medication.
Naproxen can lead to fatal heart stroke or heart attacks when taken in high doses or for a long term. Even if you are not suffering from any heart diseases, there are chances that you still experience a heart attack while using Naproxen.
Before you start taking Naproxen , check with your physician whether the medication is suitable for you or not and also let your doctor know if you have the following health ailments.
Kidney or liver disease
History of blood clot, heart attack or heart stroke
While taking Naproxen avoid drinking alcohol as it can cause stomach bleeding. Avoid using aspirin while taking Naproxen. Also speak to your doctor if you are using any other medications for cold, allergy or pain. Many OTP medicines available contain aspirin or other medicines same as Naproxen. Taking certain medications or products together can be harmful. Read the label to check if a particular medicine consists of ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen or ketoprofen.
Is Naproxen addictive?
No, people who use Naproxen for a long term do not get drug tolerance for this drug or experience any withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue the drug. Additionally due to the fact that there are less chances of getting high on this medication, you cannot experience drug dependency. On other hand you should discuss about the drug interactions of Naproxen with other medications before using Naproxen so that you can be aware of possible side effects like urinating problems, rashes on skin, breathing problems etc.,
Naproxen is not addictive, still avoid taking high doses and using it for a long term to prevent possible and fatal side effects. Any NSAID has its benefits and risks, try using the drugs safely to get maximum benefits.