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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.
Reported side effects are burning, stinging or pain, itching and some patient may be suffered rash, nausea, erythema, dry skin, tenderness, swelling, contact dermatitis and increased exudate.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Reproduction studies on Mupirocin ointment in animals have revealed no evidence of harm to the foetus. As there is no clinical experience on it’s use during pregnancy, Mupirocin ointment should only be used in pregnancy when the potential benefits outweigh the possible risks of treatment.
It is unknown whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Mupirocin ointment is administered to a nursing woman.
Precautions & Warnings
Mupirocin ointment is not for ophthalmic or intra-nasal use. As with other antibacterial products, prolonged use may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms, including fungi. When Mupirocin is used on the face care should be taken to avoid the eyes. This is not suitable in conjunction with cannulae and at the site of central venous cannulation. In the event of a sensitization or severe local irritation from Mupirocin ointment, usage should be discontinued and appropriate alternative therapy for the infection instituted. Mixing of Mupirocin ointment with other preparations causes risk of dilution, resulting in a reduction of the antibacterial activity and potential loss of stability of the Mupirocin in the ointment.
There is currently limited data with overdose of Mupirocin ointment. In the event of overdose, the patient should be treated supportively with appropriate monitoring as necessary.
Keep below 25° C temperature, protected from light and moisture. Do not keep in freeze. Keep out of the reach of 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.