Naprosyn is used in the treatment of inflammation and swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, spinal arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and acute gout.
You must take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It may be taken with food or an antacid to avoid an upset stomach. If you are using it for arthritis, then ensure that you take it regularly and as prescribed.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, and you take the drug on a regular schedule, take the dose as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next dose, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Store it at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Drowsiness, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting are some of the symptoms of an overdose. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
The drug may cause peptic ulcers and bleeding without any warning. You must use it with caution if you suffer from kidney or liver disease. It may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAIDs, have an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach, drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, have liver disease, Have kidney disease, have a coagulation (bleeding) disorder, have congestive heart failure, have fluid retention, have heart disease, or have high blood pressure. You may not be able to take Naprosyn or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Naprosyn is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Naprosyn should not be taken late in pregnancy (the third trimester) because a similar drug is known to affect the baby's heart. Do not take Naprosyn without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Naprosyn passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take this medicine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.