Thursday, May 3, 2012

Information On A Drug And Its Uses For The Treatment Of Pain And Inflammation

What is Naproxen? Naproxen belongs to the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which works by lowering the hormones that triggers pain and inflammation in the body.
It was originally marketed as prescription medication, however Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 1994 approved it's use as an over-the-counter medication. It's available in two forms, Naproxen and Naproxen sodium in the form of regular tablets and capsules, enteric coated naproxen tablets, as well as available in the form of suspension.
How it works: Naproxen works by inhibiting the actions caused by certain enzymes in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. Via stopping the body's production of prostaglandins, naproxen alleviates symptoms of pain, inflammation, and fever.
Naproxen uses: Naproxen is probably the most typically used over-the-counter medication for the treatment of pain and inflammation. It used to treat symptoms of pain, inflammation, stiffness, and fever that is triggered by varying medical conditions such as arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, tendinitis, and menstrual cramps. It also treats conditions of general pain like back pain, knee pain, and foot pain.
Additional information about Naproxen: Naproxen should be used with caution in certain conditions. It may cause life threatening consequences when used in patients just before or after a by-pass surgery. Naproxen increases the risk of heart and circulatory problems, especially when taken for an extended time period. Gastrointestinal problems may occur which sometime becomes fatal, while taking Naproxen.
The use of alcohol while taking Naproxen must be avoided as it may enhance the risk of stomach bleeding. Naproxen makes the skin very sensitive, and thus raising the risk of getting sunburn when exposed to sunlight.
Even though it is available over-the-counter, first time users should consult their medical doctor about the exact dosage, prior to taking it.
This drug may cause dizziness when rising from a sitting or lying position. With the rise of the bed should first to hang up and stay in this position a few minutes, then smoothly rise. When lifting the chair should get up slowly and for a time to stand up beside the chair until you are sure you won't feel dizzy.
In summary: Naproxen is an over-the-counter medication used in the treating of pain and inflammation. Even though available without a prescription, high doses of Naproxen are obtained only through doctor's prescription. Other than its use described, it is also used off-label to treat many other medical conditions.

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