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.