Naprosyn and other NSAIDs work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.
By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, Naprosyn is useful at reducing fever and pain related to a number of conditions. This includes pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other diseases; and pain related to inflammation or bone, muscle, or tendon injury.
Some general considerations for when and how to take Naprosyn include:
- Naprosyn comes in tablet or liquid form. It is usually taken by mouth no more than twice daily or every 12 hours as needed for pain relief, or as your healthcare provider has directed. It is best if you take it with food.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of developing serious side effects.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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