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General Information on Naproxen

Generic Name : Naproxen

Pronunciation : na prox' en

Latest prescription information about Naproxen. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.3 | Therapeutic Classification : Analgesics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Naproxen

Why is Naproxen Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), prescribed for pain, fever, inflammation and stiffness due to various disease conditions.  It works by reducing hormones that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.

When should Naproxen not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Naproxen?

Adult: PO- 0.5-1 g in 1-2 divided doses, upto 6 months if needed. Up to 1.5 g/day in patients who can tolerate lower doses.

How should Naproxen be taken?

It comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Naproxen?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of high blood pressure, blood disorders, bleeding problems, heart, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, stomach or bowel problems, dehydration, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause stomach ulcer or bleeding.

What are the side effects of Naproxen?

   Body as a Whole : Allergic reactions, menstrual disorders, chills and fever.
   Gastrointestinal : Heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, blood in stools, diarrhea, indigestion and mouth ulcer.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness and vertigoInability to concentrate, depression, dream abnormalities, sleeplessness, uneasiness, muscle pain, muscle weakness, mental illness, convulsions.
   Skin : Itching, skin eruptions, increased sweating and bruising.
   ENT : Ringing in the ear, visual disturbances and hearing disturbances.
   Heart : Edema, palpitations, heart failure, high blood pressure and lung swelling.
   General : Difficulty in breathing and increased thirst.
   Liver : Jaundice and abnormal liver function tests.
   Blood : Eosinophilia, leucopenia, blood in stools, decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Metabolic : Decrease/increase in blood sugar.
   Respiratory : Lung inflammation and asthma.

What are the other precautions for Naproxen?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Naproxen?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15� to 30�C).


Schedule : H

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