What Is Oxaprozin Used For?
What is oxaprozin used for? This prescription medication is often used for treating arthritis and other painful conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness. In addition to treating rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, oxaprozin is used for treating juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children six years of age and older. Off-label uses of the drug include the relief of symptoms associated with gout, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
What Is Oxaprozin Used For? -- An Overview
Oxaprozin (Daypro®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness.
Specific oxaprozin uses include the relief of symptoms associated with:
However, oxaprozin is not a cure for these types of arthritis, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
How Does Oxaprozin Work?
Oxaprozin and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) 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, oxaprozin can help alleviate pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis.
Is Oxaprozin Used for Children?
Oxaprozin is approved for use in children six years of age and older for the relief of the signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis.
Is Oxaprozin Used for Off-Label Reasons?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend oxaprozin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Examples of off-label oxaprozin uses include the relief of:
- Mild to moderate pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain, or knee pain
- Fibromyalgia symptoms
- Gout symptoms
- Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
- Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE for short or lupus)
- Pain or inflammation caused by other conditions.