naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects from naproxen are:

Other important side effects include:

  • fluid retention,
  • blood clots,
  • heart attacks,
  • hypertension, and
  • heart failure.

WARNING: People who are allergic to other NSAIDs should not use naproxen. NSAIDs reduce the flow of blood to the kidneys and impair function of the kidneys. The impairment is most likely to occur in patients with preexisting impairment of kidney function or congestive heart failure, and use of NSAIDs in these patients should be done cautiously. Individuals with asthma are more likely to experience allergic reactions to naproxen and other NSAIDs.

NSAIDs reduce the ability of blood to clot and therefore increase bleeding after an injury. NSAIDs increase the risk of potentially fatal, stomach and intestinal adverse reactions (for example, bleeding, ulcers, and perforation of the stomach or intestines). Sometimes, stomach ulceration and intestinal bleeding can occur without any abdominal pain. Black tarry stools, weakness, and dizziness upon standing may be the only signs of the bleeding.

NSAIDs (except low dose aspirin) may increase the risk of potentially fatal heart attacks, stroke, and related conditions. This risk may increase with duration of use and in patients who have underlying risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease. Therefore, NSAIDs should not be used for the treatment of pain resulting from coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes; (Aleve, no)

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014


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