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Naproxen Side Effects

Naproxen belongs to a class of prescription drugs that are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Naproxen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Naproxen is commonly used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by many conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis), injury, abdominal cramps associated with menstruation, tendinitis, and bursitis. It may also be prescribed for uses other than those detailed on this website.

Naproxen Side Effects
Patients using Naproxen should contact a doctor immediately if they experience blood in vomit or bloody, black, or tarry stools. These symptoms could indicate damage to the stomach or intestines, both of which could be dangerous.

Common Naproxen Side Effects
Abdominal pain, dizziness, drowsiness, itching, nausea, headache, bruising, constipation, difficult or labored breathing, heartburn, ringing in ears, skin eruptions, swelling due to fluid retention.

Less Common Naproxen Side Effects
Abdominal bleeding, indigestion, inflammation of the lungs, inflammation of the mouth, black stools, blood in the urine, changes in liver function, chills and fever, colitis, congestive heart failure, depression, diarrhea, skin inflammation due to sensitivity to light, skin rashes and hives, dream abnormalities, general feeling of illness, hair loss, hearing disturbances or loss, inability to concentrate, inability to sleep, kidney disease or failure, light-headedness, menstrual disorders, muscle pain and weakness, peptic ulcer, red or purple spots on the skin, severe allergic reaction, skin peeling, sweating, thirst, throbbing heartbeat, vertigo, visual disturbances, yellow skin and eyes.

Side effects other than those listed here are also possible. If you notice any of the above, or any others, be sure to let a doctor know as soon as possible, especially if it/they are particularly troubling or persistent.

Important Additional Information
Before taking naproxen, be sure to tell your doctor if you are currently taking any non-prescription or prescription drugs, but particularly - Aspirin, other NSAIDs (e.g. Motrin, Advil, Voltaren), an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as Warfarin (Coumadin), a steroid such as Prednisone (Deltasone), insulin or an oral diabetes medicine such as glipizide (Glucotrol), Lithium and bismuth subsalicylate in drugs such as Pepto-Bismol.

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