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Naproxen - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on May 11, 2020
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Information about 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, warnings and its storage instructions . 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

India : 

International : 

Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve

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 be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Naproxen?

Adult: PO- 0.5-1 g in 1-2 divided doses, up to 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 for Naproxen?

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

Schedule : H
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Last Updated : 2/14/2023
Learn more about Naproxen's interaction with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine

Naproxen : Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the available dosage forms of Naproxen?

A: Naproxen is available in tablet, capsule, and gel capsule forms for oral administration(1 Trusted Source

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Q: What type of drug is Naproxen?

A: Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat acute gout, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, and primary dysmenorrhea(2 Trusted Source

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Q: Is Naproxen safe during pregnancy?

A: Naproxen is not safe to take during pregnancy because it has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage and malformations(3 Trusted Source
Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in pregnancy: impact on the fetus and newborn

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Q: Does Naproxen increase blood pressure?

A: Naproxen has been linked to an increase in blood pressure (BP) in both normal and hypertensive people(4 Trusted Source
Effect of naproxen and acetaminophen on blood pressure lowering by ramipril, valsartan and aliskiren in hypertensive patients

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Q: Does Naproxen cause gastrointestinal problems?

A: Naproxen can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers and bleeding. To reduce GI side effects, naproxen can be administered orally with food, milk, antacids, or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)(2 Trusted Source

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  • 1. Naproxen - (https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a681029.html )
  • 2. Naproxen - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK525965/ )
  • 3. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in pregnancy: impact on the fetus and newborn - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22299823/ )
  • 4. Effect of naproxen and acetaminophen on blood pressure lowering by ramipril, valsartan and aliskiren in hypertensive patients - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23883161/ )
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