People don’t like to be uncomfortable. Minor aches and pains and fever can make everyday living unpleasant. That is why many people turn to Naproxen sodium, an internal analgesic available in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that temporarily relieves those symptoms. Naproxen sodium is part of a group of pain relievers and fever reducers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. It is approved by the FDA, but there are serious health risks associated with the drug. So what are some of those risks and what should you look out for?
It is important to be aware of a few things before taking Naproxen. Some of those risks are included below. You can click here for more comprehensive advice.
- Naproxen sodium, like other NSAIDs, may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. If you experience serious symptoms such as hives, facial swelling, asthma (wheezing), shock, skin reddening, rash, or blisters, stop using the medicine and seek immediate medical attention.
- Severe stomach bleeding may occur. The chance is higher if you are age 60 or older, have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems, or if you are taking a blood thinner (anticoagulant), steroid drug, or other medicines containing NSAIDs (aspirin, magnesium salicylate, naproxen sodium , ibuprofen, or ketoprofen).
- You should carefully read and follow the label directions.
- Long term continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Taking more medicine than the label says or for longer than the label says can cause health risks.
- If upset stomach occurs, you may take the medicine with milk or food.
Pain relief is important, but so is your health. While Naproxen is FDA approved, it is critical to be aware of the risks associated with the drug before starting use. By reviewing the tip sheet above you can help determine whether Naproxen is appropriate for you and whether you are experiencing an adverse reaction as a result of using the drug.