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About Naprosyn 250mg EC Tablets
Naprosyn 250mg EC Tablets information
Naprosyn is a branded version of the anti inflammatory pain killer Naproxen. Its available to buy online through The Independent Pharmacy after a short online consultation.
Naprosyn relieves pain and inflammation in adults with the following conditions:
Arthritis affecting the joints of the spine (ankylosing spondylitis)
Muscle and skeleton disorders such as tendinitis, sprains, strains, neck pain, back pain
Naprosyn is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks an enzyme in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX). COX helps produce substances in the body called prostaglandins in response to injury and certain diseases. Prostaglandins cause swelling, pain and inflammation. By reducing prostaglandin production, Naprosyn lessens inflammation and pain.
Naprosyn relieves pain and inflammation after a single dose, however its anti-inflammatory effect builds up over a few weeks of regular doses.
Naprosyn is especially effective at easing menstrual pain. This is because the prostaglandins that it reduces are involved in contracting the womb contract during a period.
You should take Naprosyn with or after food to avoid irritating the stomach and causing indigestion.
Certain types of Naprosyn tablets, however’ are ‘gastro-resistant’, designed with a coating to protect the stomach. You can take these Naprosyn tablets with or without food, but you should swallow them whole, with a drink. Do not break, crush or chew these tablets as this will damage the coating. Also, don’t take antacids in the two hours before or after taking these tablets; they will prevent the protective coat from working.
If your pain is long-term or ongoing, (for example, if you are recovering from an injury or have arthritis), your doctor may suggest that you take Naprosyn every day for improved anti-inflammatory effect and more consistent pain relief. If you are taking Naprosyn long-term, your doctor may also prescribe a medication to protect your stomach.
Naprosyn can be taken alongside paracetamol as well as opioid painkillers such as codeine, tramadol, co-codamol, or morphine alongside Naprosyn. However, Naprosyn cannot be taken with aspirin or other anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or diclofena, as this increases the possibility of side effects on the stomach and intestines. If you take selective COX-2 inhibitors such as celecoxib or etoricoxib, do not take Naprosyn for the same reason.
Be sure to check the ingredients of other medicine before taking them with Naprosyn. Cold and flu remedies and over-the-counter painkillers may contain ibuprofen or aspirin and therefore should not be combined with Naprosyn. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
It’s also best to check with your pharmacist before using an anti-inflammatory gel (such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, ketoprofen or piroxicam) alongside Naprosyn taken by mouth, because the combination might be dangerous for you.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines that you take, including herbal medicines and those bought without a prescription before taking Naprosyn. This is especially important if you’re taking any of the medicines mentioned below.
You have a higher risk of ulceration or bleeding in your gut if you take Naprosyn with steroids such as prednisolone. You may also have a higher risk of bleeding in the gut if you take Naprosyn with other medicines that increase the risk of bleeding, such as those below. If you take any of these medications, you should only take Naprosyn with your doctor’s approval:
Anticoagulant medications such as warfarin, apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, heparin, rivaroxaban and low molecular weight heparins like enoxaparin
Antiplatelet medications e.g. dipyridamole, prasugrel, clopidogrel, low-dose aspirin
SSRI antidepressants, e.g. fluoxetine, citalopram, paroxetine. venlafaxine
You may increase your risk of kidney side effects if you take Naprosyn with any of the following medicines:
ACE inhibitors, e.g. captopril, enalapril
Diuretics, e.g. furosemide
Naprosyn may decrease the removal of the following medicines from the body and therefore may increase the risk of their side effects:
Lithium Naprosyn may counteract the effects of blood pressure lowering medications, such as:
ACE inhibitors such as captopril
Calcium-channel blocker such as amlodipine
Beta-blockers such as atenolol
Naprosyn taken in combination with quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin or norfloxacin) may carry an increased risk of seizures, particularly for people with epilepsy.
Probenecid may interfere with Naprosyn’s removal from the body. If you take this combination, inform your doctor if you believe you experience Naprosyn side effects; he/she may need to lower your dose.
Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to naproxen (such as ibuprofen or ketoprofen). Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains naproxen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or ketoprofen.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Naprosyn can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Non-Prescription Alternatives for the treatment of Pain are;
- Topical Treatments (Ibuprofen gel)
- Rest the area
If your pain does not ease or becomes severe, contact your GP or Pharmacist for further advice.
Read the following warnings carefully to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Do not take Naprosyn EC tablets if you:
- Are allergic to Naprosyn or to any of Naprosyn GR tablets’ other ingredients.
- Are allergic to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), or you have experienced asthma, runny nose, skin swelling or rash while taking these medications.
- Have or have had stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Are in the last trimester of pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.
- Have severe kidney, liver or heart failure.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure about any of the above conditions.
Check with your doctor before taking Naprosyn GR tablets if you:
- Are on a low potassium diet, as this product contains potassium sorbate.
- Use other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) or any medication which could cause bleeding or stomach ulcers.
- Have a history of gastrointestinal disease.
- Are a smoker.
- Drink alcohol.
- Are elderly.
- Have or have had high blood pressure or liver, kidney or heart problems.
- Have or have had bronchial asthma, breathing problems or nasal polyps.
- Have systemic lupus erythematosus or other connective tissue disorder.
Take one tablet twice a day when required.
Use Naprosyn exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release or enteric-coated tablet. Swallow the pill whole. The enteric-coated pill has a special coating to protect your stomach.If you use this medication long-term, you may need frequent medical tests at your doctor's office.
Store Naprosyn at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Since Naprosyn is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
The active ingredient contained in Naprosyn tablets is:
250mg of Naproxen
Naprosyn also contains the following inactive ingredients:
methacrylic acid-ethylacrylate copolymer (1:1), magnesium stearate, maize starch, lactose, crospovidone, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, shellac glaze, triethyl citrate, iron oxide black (E172), titanium dioxide (EI71), potassium sorbate (E202), sodium citrate (E331), hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), xanthan gum (E415), purified talc (E553), beeswax.
Common Naprosyn side effects may include:
upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation;
dizziness, headache, nervousness;
skin itching or rash;
blurred vision; or
ringing in your ears.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Naprosyn: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Naprosyn and call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
black, bloody, or tarry stools;
coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
swelling or rapid weight gain, little or no urinating;
nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin, and/or seizure (convulsions) or
severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.