Safety Information About Naproxen
Naproxen may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you
take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Naproxen with caution. Do not drive or
perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Naproxen. Taking it
in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of
these side effects. Taking Naproxen with food will NOT reduce the risk of these
effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop:
- severe stomach or back pain
- black, tarry stools
- vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
- unusual weight gain or swelling.
Talk to your doctor before you take Naproxen if you drink more than 3 drinks
with alcohol per day. If you have pain that does not get better within 10 days or
fever that does not get better within 3 days, check with your doctor. If your symptoms
get worse or if you have new symptoms, check with your doctor.
Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 10 days without
checking with your doctor. Contact your doctor if you have trouble swallowing,
severe or persistent heartburn, or if it feels like the tablet is stuck in your throat.
Naproxen has naproxen in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see
if it has naproxen or any other NSAID (eg, ibuprofen) in it too. If it does or if you
are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take aspirin while you
are using Naproxen unless your doctor tells you to. Naproxen may interfere with certain
lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know that you take Naproxen.
Use Naproxen with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its
effects, especially stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
Naproxen should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first
checking with the child's doctor.
Naproxen may cause harm to the fetus. Do not use it during the last 3 months of
pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need
to discuss the benefits and risks of using Naproxen while you are pregnant. Naproxen
should not be used during labor.
Naproxen is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed
while taking Naproxen.