Naproxen 250mg - 500mg
What is Naproxen?
Naproxen 250mg & 500mg is a ‘Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug’ or NSAID. Inflamed and painful joints and muscles can be debilitating to live with, making it difficult to move around in your daily tasks. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Naproxen works by decreasing the hormones that trigger pain and inflammation in the body. This makes Naproxen in the UK the ideal treatment for for pain relief for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, period pain, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and more.
Naproxen Tablets can relieve pain, swelling, redness and heat (inflammation) and is used to treat adults for:
• Problems with your muscles, joints and tendons, like strains, gout, ankylosing spondylitis (pain and stiffness in the neck and back), dental apin or arthritis.
• Women, while having period pain.
The drug works by halting our limiting the body’s natural production of substances and chemicals that lead to inflammation (prostaglandins). These substances help tell the body that there is something wrong and the individual feels these signals as body pains.
Enteric Coated tablets reduce the irritation to the stomach and reduce the occurrence of side effects.
How to take Naproxen Tablets
Medicines such as Naproxen Tablets may be linked with a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Any risk is more likely with higher
doses and long term treatment. Do not take more than the recommended dose or exceed the length of the treatment. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Method of administration:
Naproxen Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water, with or after food. Take your tablets at the same time each day.
You should make sure that you have enough to drink (stay well hydrated) when you are taking Naproxen.
This is particularly important for people who have problems with their kidneys.
The recommended Naproxen doses are:
Muscle, joint or tendon problems and period pain
The usual starting dose is 500 mg, followed by one 250 mg tablet every 6 to 8 hours as needed.
Arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
The usual dose is between 500 mg and 1000 mg. The dose can be taken all at once, or half the dose may be taken twice a day.
The usual starting dose is 750 mg, followed by one 250 mg tablet every 8 hours as needed.
Depending on the condition, It may take up to 2 weeks of continuous treatment before the full benefits are felt. If the drug is not taken on a regular schedule, but only during the occurrence of pain, it may not work. Also taken too late, it might take longer before it works. If there is no improvement in the patient condition or if it worsens, tell your doctor immediately.
Read the medication guide and other literature which comes with the medicine, or provided by the pharmacist.
Naproxen can be taken for period pain without a prescription. Take 2 tablets, 500 mg. On the first day, and another 250 mg tablet 6-8 hours later. On succeeding days, if pain persists, take a 250 mg tablet every 6-8 hours. Take no more than 3 tablets per day.
Types of arthritis
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. It affects people of all ages, including children.
The two most common types of arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8 million people.
It most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older.
Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness.
The most commonly affected joints are those in the Hands,Spine,Knees andHips
In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people. It often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men.
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are two different conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.
The outer covering (synovium) of the joint is the first place affected. This can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and a change in the joint’s shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.
Other types of arthritis and related conditions
Ankylosing spondylitis – a long-term inflammatory condition that mainly affects the bones, muscles and ligaments of the spine, leading to stiffness and joints fusing together.
Fibromyalgia – causes pain in the body’s muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Gout – a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body. This can be left in joints (usually affecting the big toe) but can develop in any joint. It causes intense pain, redness and swelling.
Psoriatic arthritis – an inflammatory joint condition that can affect people with psoriasis.
Enteropathic arthritis – a form of chronic, inflammatory arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the two best-known types being ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Secondary arthritis – a type of arthritis that can develop after a joint injury and sometimes occurs many years afterwards.
Polymyalgia rheumatica – a condition that almost always affects people over 50 years of age, where the immune system causes muscle pain and stiffness, usually across the shoulders and tops of the legs. It can also cause joint inflammation.
Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Most women experience it at some point in their lives.
It’s usually felt as painful muscle cramps in the tummy, which can spread to the back and thighs.
The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant.
What causes period pain?
Period pain occurs when the muscular wall of the womb tightens (contracts).
During your period, the wall of the womb starts to contract more vigorously to encourage the womb lining to shed away as part of your monthly period.
When the muscular wall of the womb contracts, it compresses the blood vessels lining your womb. This temporarily cuts off the blood supply – and hence oxygen supply – to your womb. Without oxygen, the tissues in your womb release chemicals that trigger pain.
While your body is releasing these pain-triggering chemicals, it’s also producing other chemicals called prostaglandins. These encourage the womb muscles to contract more, further increasing the level of pain.
Period pain caused by a condition
Less commonly, period pain can be caused by an underlying medical condition. Doctors sometimes call this secondary dysmenorrhoea.
Period pain linked to an underlying condition tends to affect older women. Women aged 30 to 45 are most commonly affected.
Conditions that can cause period pain include:
endometriosis – where cells that normally line the womb start to grow in other places, such as in the fallopian tubes and ovaries; these cells can cause intense pain when they shed and fall away
fibroids – non-cancerous tumours that can grow in the womb and can make your periods heavy and painful
pelvic inflammatory disease – where your womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries become infected with bacteria, causing them to become severely inflamed
adenomyosis – where the tissue that normally lines the womb starts to grow within the muscular womb wall, making your periods particularly painful
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More common side effects
The more common side effects that occur with naproxen oral tablet include:
Nausea and vomiting
Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if they’re more severe or don’t go away.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Weakness in one part or side of your body
Swelling of the face or throat
High blood pressure
Bleeding and ulcers in your stomach and intestines, with symptoms such as:
Blood in your stool
Black and sticky stool
Asthma attacks in people who have asthma
Low red blood cell count, which can cause fatigue, lethargy, and weakness
Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
Unusual weight gain or swelling of your arms, legs, hands, and feet
Skin rash or blisters with fever