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Naproxen 500mg tablet side effects
After arthroscopic hip surgery my dr. prescribed the above twice daily. I began to feel dizzy and waves of nausea and think the naproxen may be the cause. How long does it remain in my system?
What is the difference between Naprolen and Naproxen?
My previous doctor RX'd me naproxen and then I switched doctors and this new one RX'd me naprolen just now. I webmd'd this and it said that naprolen IS naproxen. He knows I'm on naproxen, so why'd he RX me what seems like the same thing?
  Your doctor was being kind to you! Naprolen is the generic form of naproxen meaning it will cost you far less money. That is the major difference; you are still getting the same medication but at a major savings.
Is it safe to take both naproxen & tylenol? Naproxen at night and tylenol during the day?
I need the naproxen for an inflamed piriformis muscle. but tylenol does me better as far as pain goes. The 550 naproxen does't begin to do a thing for pain.
  It is ok to take both. However, naproxen seems like a real weak med for inflamed muscle. In my opinion the best med for inflamed muscle is Ibuprofen, it helps so well. I , myself would take 400 to 600 mg of Ibuprofen, it really helps. Naproxwn never worked for me either. Hopes this helps.
How long does it take Naproxen gastrointestinal effects to subside?
I took Naproxen 3 days ago at midnight. I woke up with horrible wrenching stomach pains. I do not take naproxen regularly. I did take it with a bowl of cereal. However, it is now 3 days later, and I'm still feeling horrible pains of gas and acid indigestion, which by the way is way worse starting at 4am in the morning. I went to urgent care and they said it was the Naproxen. How long does it take to get over this?
  You need to get something to help coat your tummy like Mylanta or Peptobismal until it subsides. It could of been an allergic reaction too. Just give it a little time. Some people it only take s afew days to get over and others it can take up to a week. Try the Peptobismal when you feel the upset coming on and it should help. You have to be really careful with Naproxen. Taking it with milk or some bread helps to buffer it in the tummy.
What is considered long term use of naproxen?
Hi, I have reactive arthritis and I take sulfasalazine and naproxen 500 mg a day. I see all these postings that say risk of long term use for using naproxen includes gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular risks which increase with long term duration. However what they dont say is what is considered long term? Ive been on Naproxen since Jan. When should I start being concerned ? What are the signs?
  Naproxen is dangerous medication. I've taken it before in Aleve, and to be honest, it works really well, but it actually gives me heart pain. I tested this by discontinuing and starting it over, and the pain returned.
Stephen Riach
what is the difference between naprelan & naproxen ?
I have been taking naprelan for pain in my wrist & hands and it has been working ok. medicare quit paying for naprelan but would pay for naproxen. I have taken naproxen before and it gave me bad stomach pain, naprelan didnt. I tried naproxen recently and it gave me bad stomach again. What other medicine can I try that would help with my inflimation.
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  Naprelan is a brand name for sustained-release naproxen. Naproxen is the generic name for the drug. Basically naprelan is a long acting version of naproxen.

Its like buying Cheerios versus the generic store brand honey-crunch O-rings.

Other anti-inflammatories include ibupofen (Advil,motrin, generic,etc)
equaline naproxen sodium seems MUCH less effective than other naproxen products. Has anyone else noticed this?
my gout was very much in control with allopurinol and another brand of came back fairly quickly when I switched to equaline brand (for cost).
Naproxen vs. Naprelan? Anyonw know the difference?
The doctor gave me samples of Naprelan (naproxen sodium) for pain. Is there any difference or effect between regular non-prescription Naproxen (Alleve).
  Naproxen is stronger, its used as an anti-inflammatory drug, used for arthritis.
How much naproxen can I take and how often?
I've suffered chronic migraines for my entire life, though the last year or two they've gotten particularly bad. My doctor is trying to get me away from Imatrex, because I'm taking it ALL the time. She says I should take Naproxen. I've taken 400mg and I'm still dying. How much can I take without killing myself?
  i take the 550mgs for my elbow injury, they are once every 12 hrs though, so i wouldn't advise taking 800
jon f
Mixing naproxen,acetaminophen and fexmid?
I have a lot of muscle pain that flares up occasionally. I had a prescrip for 500 mg of vimovo (naproxen and esomerprazole magnesium) and Fexmid 7.5 mg (cyclobenzaprine). I took the naproxen thinking it was a muscle relaxer and then took two 500 mg of acetaminophen. I checked the internet to make sure that was not a problem and it looks okay. But i would like to take the fexmid (muscle relaxer) but do not want to have an interaction. Anyone know about this? Thanks for your help.
  I do not know what the espo magnesium is but you can take the flexeril (FEXMID) with the acatamenophen and naproxin.
Can you take acetaminophen and naproxen sodium at the same time?
Can you take acetaminophen and naproxen sodium for pain at the same time.? My father takes 8 acetaminophen tablets a day for arthritis and had a fall. Can he take naproxen sodium also?
  Yes you can take those meds together, they are from completely different families of drugs. Although I would not recommend continuing either of them for a long period of time. Long term use of acetaminophen can cause liver damage, but not addictive. Naproxen is an anti inflammatory which will help your father with any pain or swelling he may have right after his fall, it to is not a narcotic or additive but it can damage the lining in the stomach causing pain with possible GI bleed if used long term.
How would you compare Naproxen to Hydrocodone for pain relief?
I recently had some Hydrocod-APAP 325mgs from my motor vehicle accident, but recently ran out. I found some Naproxen 500mg in my medicine cabinet and wanted to ask experienced people's opinions on how the pain relief feels different.

I understand that Hydrocodone is an opiate analegic and Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory, but I would still like to see how people compare the 2.
edas s
  You can't compare them,, they are different and they effect your body different. One is for pain and the other is for inflammation.
Here is a good link you should check out for Rx info.

And the 325 you are talking about in the hydrocodone is the Tylenol in it not the narcotic. You probably meant 5/325 which is 5 mg. of hydrocodone. I take hydrocodone, just a different strength every day for a spine injury

And I agree with the RN. If the naproxen provides pain relief you will be far better off taking it. Good luck
Why would someone take these pills all at once?
Naproxen, premarin, and estraderm.
Naproxen, Premarin, Estroderm(patch).

*She had a hysterectomy a couple of years ago.

Thank you for all your answers! You really helped!
Ashley B
  Naproxen (anti-inflammatory) for pain or swelling... premarin estrogen pills) for contraception, for estrogen replacement therapy or just for regulating periods... and estraderm as an additional (and more nearly human) skin or vaginal estrogen supplementation.

I'd guess you're talking about a menopausal woman or a woman who's had a total hysterectomy or double oophorectomy... but that's just a guess.
What works better for menstrual cramps naproxen or ibuprofen?
I heard From my cousin who is in nursing school that naproxen does because it numbs the contraction (cramps) instead of stopping it. Is this true?
  I would use Naproxen, Ibuprofen is good when there is inflammation, much the same as Naproxen.

The problem with any drug, even over the counter types, is that they all have side effects that can be worse than the symptom that you are trying to relieve.

Anyone that uses Ibuprofen on a regular basis should be aware that excessive use can be near fatal.
My brother in-law used Ibuprofen almost everyday for even the most minor pain. While it took several years he did develop an inability to produce platelets and then the ability to fight off infections.
He almost died and may well have died had he not received a bone marrow transplant.

I would, if I were a woman, just have a cup of camomile tea to relieve the cramps. I would be careful in taking it if I were to become pregnant.
Is Naproxen Sodium available over the counter as a suppository? If not, can gelcaps be used intrarectal?
I'm not always able to eat as much or as often as I need to in order to take Naproxen, which I do for Arthritis. While I certainly wouldnt make this a common route, I'm interested in this as a backup for erratic schedules, nausea, etc. Please qualify your answers with a source
  to my knowledge, indomethacin is the only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent that comes in a suppository. not sure if the gelcaps would work as they're designed to dissolve in the stomach
which is highly acidic (pH 1.6). have you tried relafen (nabumetone) ? it may be taken in
a single 1000mg dose. if you're experiencing nausea and anorexia, i suggest you look to the
naproxen as it commonly causes GI upset. in fact, the most common side affect of all NSAID's
is GI upset. you may find relafen to be easier on your stomach than naproxen.
I'm 13 and i take Naproxen a couple times a month for cramps.
I herd from a couple people that it can cause stomach bleeding.
Can it?
  Yes, one of the effects of Naprosyn- naproxen sodium- is the possibility of stomach bleeding. However, that will be true of most of the pain relievers you would take, they are all known to be possible causes for stomach irritations. However, it is not a highly probably problem for you, given your age and the frequency of use. It's a problem much more associated with old age and constant high dose use, and when there are already stomach problems present- like ulcers. As long as you are careful to take it with food or milk, and aren't drinking alcohol, you won't likely have any problems like bleeding at all. When you are looking at the side effects and complications of taking medicines, you need to keep in mind that in drug studies, the pharmaceutical companies have to report EVERYTHING that was noted in the test population. Even if a problem only happened once in the test group of say a few thousand, it still has to be reported, even if it doesn't make sense at all- like somebody complaining they got a sore throat while taking a medicine to treat their knee pain. I also use Naprosyn a couple days a month, and have done so for years now. It works better for me than anything else, I only take a couple per day, for a max of 2-3 days. I suspect this is how you use it as well. Don't let your friends scare you. All medicines have some kind of side effects that must be listed on the inserts, it's the law. The trick is learning to read them and put the risks in some sense of proportion, and deciding how high the risk is versus what good it will do you. In this case, the risk of bleeding is low, and suffering is pretty much the only other choice. So take your naproxen with food or milk, and relax.
The mom
Does naproxen help boost the effects of zomig?
I know naproxen helps imitrex but does it help zomig?
  Not in a pharmacokinetic way. I don't see where they interact at all to potentiate or interfere with each other.
Steve F
A took Naproxen Sodium for a headache and i had a side effect from it (swollen lips) how do i treat it?
Does anyone know how to treat it other than stop taking naproxen, i didn't know i was allergic to it until i looked up the side effects.
  Swollen lips are a sign of an allergic reaction. You need to get medical attention. There is a chance that a severe reaction could develop and effect you breathing. Take some Benadryl to halt the reaction, and see a doctor.
is naproxen sodium the same as ibuprofen?
I was just curious if anyone knew if naproxen sodium is the same as ibuprofen or motrin. I want to make sure of side effects before I take anything.

naproxen is Aleve.

Ibuprofen is Advil

Ibuprofen is also Motrin.

When I take Ibuprofen I never notice any side effects but, naproxen makes my stomach hurt sometimes.
How long does Naproxen stay in your system?
I understand that it is not a recreational drug and no one tests for it, but it is an NSAID. NSAIDs can cause false positives for marijuana in urine tests. That being said, how long does Naproxen (Aleve) stay in your system.
  Generally up to 72 hours
What can you take when allergic to tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen and you have Chondrosarcoma?
My finace has Chondrosarcoma in his spine and he is allergic to tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Is there anything out there that he can ask his doctor for, for pain? He's tried tramadol and it really didn't do anything for him. The cancer is located close to his spinal cord and he says he is worried that if it is removed he will be paralyzed for life and refuses to go through that. Any help??
  Talk to the doctor, Tramadol is a synthetic codeine, there are other versions of it that are stronger(synthetic codeine), Darvon comes in pill form with aspirin.


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TheElleKay: So... Is it possible to OD on naproxen? Let's find out, shall we?
Munkie_Mama: About to take a Naproxen....gone be knocked out.
KissMyDiZZick: what OTC meds have naproxen sodium?
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TurkTrucking: @drivergeoff you can find it@ wal-mart probably by the name naproxen sodium.