In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00522678 ||Apo-Naproxen 125 mg Tablet|
|02246699 ||Apo-Naproxen EC 250 mg Tablet|
|00522651 ||Apo-Naproxen 250 mg Tablet|
|02246700 ||Apo-Naproxen EC 375 mg Tablet|
|00600806 ||Apo-Naproxen 375 mg Tablet|
|02246701 ||Apo-Naproxen EC 500 mg Tablet|
|00592277 ||Apo-Naproxen 500 mg Tablet|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Naproxen belongs to the group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is also
used for the relief of minor aches and pains in muscles, bones, and joints; mild-to-moderate pain accompanied by inflammation in injuries (e.g., sprains and strains); and menstrual cramps.
It relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing a substance in the body that leads to inflammation and pain. If immediate relief of pain is desired, the long-acting forms of naproxen (such as the enteric-coated forms) are not recommended as they release the medication over a longer period of time.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of naproxen tablets for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis ranges from 250 mg to 500 mg twice daily. Take naproxen with food or milk. The suppository form of naproxen is usually used once daily
to replace one of the oral doses.
If you are maintained on a dose of 750 mg or 1,000 mg daily, the long-acting (sustained-release) form of the medication may be substituted for the immediate-release form. In many cases, this will allow the medication to be taken only once daily. The
sustained-release form of the medication should be swallowed whole.
The dose of naproxen for children treated for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is based on body weight. The recommended dose is given in 2 divided doses every 12 hours. Naproxen suspension is often used for young children who have difficulty swallowing
tablets. Shake the suspension gently before using.
Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons. Naproxen should not be given to children under the age of 2 years, as the safety and
effectiveness of the medication for this age group have not been established.
When used to treat pain or muscle and skeletal injuries, the usual recommended adult dose of naproxen is 250 mg 2 or 3 times a day.
For treatment of menstrual pain and cramps, the recommended first dose is 500 mg followed by 250 mg every 6 to 8 hours as needed. No more than 1,250 mg should be taken in one day. Alternatively, one 500 mg tablet may be taken twice
daily as recommended by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular
dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
This mediation is available as 250 mg, 375 mg, and 500 mg enteric-coated tablets.
This medication is available as 125 mg, 250 mg, 375 mg, and 500 mg tablets.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to naproxen or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to ASA or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, ketorolac, diclofenac) or have had allergic symptoms (e.g., runny nose, asthma, itchy skin rash, nasal polyps, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue) caused by these medications
- are breast-feeding
- are in the third trimester (last 3 months) of pregnancy
- have a bleeding disorder
- have an inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
- have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
- have bleeding in the brain
- have had recent or are going to have heart bypass surgery
- have high blood potassium
- have liver disease or severely reduced liver function
- have severely reduced or worsening kidney function
- have uncontrolled heart failure
Do not give this medication to children less than 2 years of age.
Do not use the suppository form of this medication if you:
- have any inflammatory lesions of the rectum or anus
- have recently had rectal or anal bleeding
Do not give the suppository form of this medication to children under 12 years of age.