Naprosyn: Drug Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Naprosyn is also known by its active ingredient naproxen is an NSAID which reduces the hormones causing pain and inflammation in the body. Naprosyn helps relieve temporary pains and aches caused due to backaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, toothaches, muscular aches, common cold, etc. This medicine is also used in those cases where patients suffer from fever. This medication works by stopping the production of certain natural substances which cause inflammation in the body


Composition of Naprosyn

Naprosyn which contains naproxen as an active ingredient is given to patients for oral consumption. Naproxen is a crystalline odourless powder which is white in colour. Along with the active ingredients, the inactive ingredients in this medicine include-

  • Ammonio-methacrylate co-polymer Type A
  • ammonio-methacrylate co-polymer Type B
  • methacrylic acid co-polymer Type A
  • crospovidone
  • povidone
  • talc
  • citric acid
  • magnesium stearate
  • microcrystalline cellulose

For covering the tablet, hydroxyl-propyl methyl cellulose, titanium dioxide and polyethylene glycol are used.

Uses of Naprosyn

Naproxen is typically used as a pain reliever in conditions such as-

  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Dental pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Arthritis
  • Pain and aches caused as a result of common cold and fever

Side Effects of Naprosyn

The following are the side effects of Naprosyn drug-

1) Common

  • Belching
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • bruising
  • feeling of some form of indigestion
  • headache
  • itchy skin
  • formation of large, flat, bluish coloured patches on the skin
  • Chest pain below the breast bone area
  • constipation
  • skin eruptions
  • swelling
  • stomach pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Bloating
  • bloody or black coloured tarry stools
  • blurred vision or loss of it
  • burning of the upper abdominal area
  • double vision
  • cloudy urine
  • nausea or some vomiting
  • decrease in the output of urine
  • disturbed colour perception
  • halos around lights
  • Irregular, fast, or racy heartbeat and pulse
  • Indigestion and loss of appetite
  • night blindness
  • pale skin
  • severe stomach burning
  • cramping of the stomach
  • skin rashes
  • swelling of the mouth
  • exertion with troubled breathing
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • unusual weakness or tiredness
  • weight loss

2) Rare

  • Anxiety
  • bleeding gums
  • back or leg pain
  • blindness
  • blistering, loosening or peeling of skin
  • blood in stools or in the urine
  • canker sores
  • blue lips or fingernails
  • chest pain or some form of discomfort
  • clay coloured stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cold sweats
  • hoarseness
  • coughing which produces pink frothy sputum
  • skin cracks
  • decreased vision
  • depression
  • darkened urine
  • diarrhoea
  • difficult, painful urination where the patient experiences a burning sensation
  • difficult or fast breathing
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • dizziness
  • dilated neck veins
  • dry cough and mouth
  • swelling of skin
  • extreme fatigue
  • formation of excess gas in the stomach
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • hair loss
  • high fever with or without the chills
  • increased hunger
  • hives
  • increased sensitivity to light
  • increased thirst
  • increased sweating
  • joint or some muscle pain
  • Excessive swelling on eyelids, tongue, lips, face, hands, legs, throat and sex organs
  • loss of heat
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • loss of blood pressure

Contraindications of Naprosyn

Naprosyn is contraindicated in the patients suffering from the following-

  1. Those having hypersensitivity to naproxen or products which are used as inactive ingredients in making the medicine
  2. Those having a history of diseases like asthma, urticarial or some other form allergic reaction to NSAIDs.
  3. Those who underwent a coronary artery bypass surgery

Pregnancy and Naprosyn

This drug should never be used by women in their last trimester of pregnancy as it might harm the unborn baby and might also affect the delivery. This medication should only be used by women if the benefits outweigh the side effects. This drug does pass into the breast milk and hence a doctor needs to be consulted while breastfeeding.

What Are NSAIDs? from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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