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Precautions and Warnings With Naprosyn

Some Warnings and Precautions With Naprosyn

Some precautions and warnings with Naprosyn include:
 
To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, it is recommended that people take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Also, call 911 if you notice things such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, and slurring of speech.
  • All NSAIDs, including Naprosyn, may cause or worsen high blood pressure. Naprosyn should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Naprosyn, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. Also, Naprosyn should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Naprosyn, have been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Naprosyn is prescribed to people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.
To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, it is recommended that people take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
 
o Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
o Indigestion
o Black, tarry stools
o Vomiting blood.
  • People taking NSAIDs, including Naprosyn, can suffer kidney damage. It is more common in the elderly and people with kidney disease, heart failure, or liver problems. It is also more common in those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors.
      
  • Liver damage can occur in people who are using Naprosyn. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as nausea, tiredness, lethargy, itchy or yellowing skin, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), or flu-like symptoms.
     
  • NSAIDs, including Naprosyn, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking Naprosyn can develop a very serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking the Naprosyn and call your healthcare provider.
     
  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Naprosyn. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the Naprosyn.
     
  • NSAIDs have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Naprosyn and 12 weeks after treatment has started.
     
  • Naprosyn has been known to cause anemia. If you are taking Naprosyn for an extended amount of time and show signs of anemia, talk with your healthcare provider.
     
  • You should not take Naprosyn with any other NSAIDs, as this may increase your risk of any of the problems discussed above. There are many NSAIDs available with or without a prescription; make sure to read labels carefully. Some examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®), indomethacin (Indocin®), nabumetone (Relafen®), oxaprozin (Daypro®), celecoxib (Celebrex®), meloxicam (Mobic®), etodolac (Lodine®), ketoprofen, ketorolac (Toradol®), and others. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of these medications.
     
  • Naprosyn is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should take Naprosyn only if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. Naprosyn is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy, as it can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Naprosyn, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Naprosyn and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • If you are nursing, it is recommended that you not take Naprosyn. Therefore, if you are nursing and taking Naprosyn, talk with your healthcare provider about whether to stop nursing discontinue the medicine.
     
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