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Naproxen is indicated for the relief of sign and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis & acute gout. It is also indicated for the management of primary dysmenorrhea & pain.
Dosage & Administration
- Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis: The usual dose is 500-1000 mg daily in two divided doses after meals.
- Management of pain, primary dysmenorrhea, acute tendonitis & bursitis: Recommended starting dose is 500 mg followed by 500 mg every 12 hours or 250 mg every 6-8 hours. The initial total daily dose should not exceed 1250 mg and thereafter, the total daily dose should not exceed 1000 mg.
- Acute gout: Recommended starting dose is 750 mg followed by 250 mg every 8 hours until the attack has subsided.
- For Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: The usual dose for children over 2 years is 10 mg/kg/day given as two divided doses at 12-hours intervals. Therapy in children under 2 years of age is not recommended.
- Is to be applied 2-6 times a day as required and is not recommended for use in children.
Most frequently reported side effects include following:
- Gastrointestinal: Heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, dyspepsia.
- Central Nervous System: Headache, vertigo, drowsiness.
- Dermatological: Pruritus (itching), purpura.
- Cardiovascular: Edema, palpitation.
- Others: Visual disturbances, hearing disturbances.
Pregnancy & Lactation
US FDA pregnancy category of Naproxen is C. So, Naproxen should be avoided in pregnancy & lactation unless the potential benefits to the other outweigh the possible risks to the fetus.
Keep below 30°C temperature, protected from light & moisture. Keep out of the reach of children.