Side effects of Naproxen that can be bothersome

Using any medication can lead to side effects and we have to deal with it. We think about the benefits of medication, but land up getting setting effects too. Again it varies from person to person. In some cases one person taking the same medicine might not experience severe side effects as others do. It completely depends on your medical condition. It is always better to be aware of the side effects of any medication you are using so that you can seek medical help in time.

Naproxen too comes with major as well as mild side effects. Major side effects need immediate medical attention. Make sure you keep a check on any of the changes you think are unusual. Let us learn about some major side effects associated with use of Naproxen.

Major side effects that need immediate medical attention are

  1. Bruising
  2. Itching skin
  3. Belching
  4. Skin eruptions
  5. Swelling
  6. Stomach pain
  7. Wheezing
  8. Blue, purplish, large, flat patches on skin
  9. Breathlessness
  10. Chest tightness
  11. Labored breathing

Major but less common side effects are

  • .cloudy urine
  • Indigestion
  • Appetite loss
  • Bloating
  • Blurred vision
  • Decrease in amount of urine
  • Double vision
  • Night blindness
  • Pale skin
  • Skin rash
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe stomach cramping, pain or burning
  • Tunnel vision
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Exertion and troubled breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual weakness or tiredness

Rare side effects of naproxen

  • Blindness
  • Anxiety
  • Bleeding gums
  • Canker sores
  • Pale, cool skin
  • Cold sweats
  • Discomfort or chest pain
  • Darkened urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Decreased vision
  • Dry cough
  • Swallowing problems
  • Noisy or fast breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • High fever
  • Hives
  • Frequent urination
  • Hair loss
  • Dry or flushed skin
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Increased sweating
  • no pulse
  • no BP
  • pain in knees and ankles
  • nosebleeds

Some side common side effects of naproxen that need no medical attention are given as below. These side effects disappear as your body gets used to the medication. Your physician can help you treat these side effects easily. If you feel the side effects  continue for longer period, you need to consult your doctor immediately.

More common

Continuing buzzing or ringing sound in ears

Hearing loss

Less Common

Change in hearing

Sour or acid stomach

Spinning sensation

Stomach discomfort or stomach soreness

Passing gas

Depending on the severity the doctor can treat these side effects. The side effects that bother you, needs to be treated, you can discuss with your doctor as your doctor might change your dose to help you get rid of those side effects. Some side effects can be fatal too, so do not ignore them. You can also check with your doctor for alternative methods to help reduce the severity of side effects like yoga, meditation or alternative herbal medicines.

Right dosage of Naproxen can avoid overdose

You need to carefully consider the benefits as well as risk of using Naproxen. Using the right dose for short term can help you achieve the goals of your treatment. Initial doses and response to the medication can help the doctor adjust the dose of Naproxen for his patients as per individual’s needs.

During long term usage, the Naproxen dose is adjusted to low or high depending on the response of a patient  to clinical tests. A lower dose to be taken on a daily basis is sufficient for use in a long term.

When patients tolerate well to lower doses, the dose of Naproxen can be increased by the doctor to 1500/mg per day for a period of six months, in cases where high level of analgesic or anti-inflammatory activity is required.

Right doses of Naproxen for

Arthritis

Oral tablet  – Strengths : 250mg/375mg/500mg

Oral suspension – Strengths: 5ml/125 mg

Oral delayed-release(tablet) – Strengths – 275 mg

Adult dosages ( for 18 years and above)

One 250 mg /375 mg/500 mg tablet – twice a day in doses that are evenly spaced. Your doctor can prescribe the right dose.

If you are above 65 years of age, the drug might be processed slowly by your body. Your physician can start with lower doses so that higher amount of drug is not accumulated in your body. Large amounts of the drug can be toxic.

Pain during Menstrual Period

Oral tablet  – Strengths : 250mg/375mg/500mg

Oral suspension – Strengths: 5ml/125 mg

Oral delayed-release(tablet) – Strengths – 275 mg

Adult dosages ( for 18 years and above)

This group normally takes the delayed-release tablet

Sometimes the initial dose is 550 mg

The next dose of naproxen is 550mg to be taken after every 12hours or 275mg to be taken after every 6-8 hours as required.

Bursitis and Tendonitis

Oral tablet  – Strengths : 250mg/375mg/500mg

Oral suspension – Strengths: 5ml/125 mg

Oral delayed-release(tablet) – Strengths – 275 mg

Adult dosages ( for 18 years and above)

This group normally takes the delayed-release tablet

Sometimes the initial dose is 550 mg

The next dose of naproxen is 550mg to be taken after every 12hours or 275mg to be taken after every 6-8 hours as required.

Gout pain/Inflammation

Oral tablet  – Strengths : 250mg/375mg/500mg

Oral suspension – Strengths: 5ml/125 mg

Oral delayed-release(tablet) – Strengths – 275 mg

Adult dosages ( for 18 years and above)

  1. The initial dose can be 750mg – oral tablet
  2. The next dose can be 250 mg – oral tablet which can be taken after every eight hours till the symptoms vanish
  3. The initial dose can be 825mg
  4. The next dose after this dose is 275mg tablet which can be taken after every eight hours till the symptoms vanish.
  5. You should avoid taking naproxen in extended release form as it takes long time to show its effectiveness.

Naproxen overdose and treatment

The side effects of overdose seen are vomiting, nausea, hypertension etc., as naproxen sodium can get absorbed rapidly in your blood, blood levels needs to be checked as soon as possible. Activated charcoal and emesis can be considered for faster recovery.

Naproxen treats pain and inflammation effectively

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.,

Naproxen is supplied in form of tablets and suspension. Naproxen is used to treat a lot of medical conditions like tendinitis, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, menstrual cramps, gout and bursitis.

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.

Asthma

High blood pressure, diabetes, if you smoke, high cholesterol, heart disease

Kidney or liver disease

Fluid retention

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.

1 2 3