Naproxen belongs to a group of medicines called non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are used to reduce inflammation and pain in joints and muscles.
Naproxen tablets are used to treat:
- diseases of joints such as rheumatoid arthritis (including in children), osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Naproxen cannot cure arthritis but is used to give relief of some symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness and joint pain
- attacks of gout
- muscle and bone disorders
- painful periods.
Uses / Instructions
• Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
500mg-1g a day in two doses at twelve hour intervals. If 1g is needed this can be given as
two 500mg doses or as a single dose.
• Attack of gout
Initially 750mg as a single dose then 250mg every 8 hours until the attack has passed.
• Muscle, bone disorders and painful periods
Initially 500mg as a single dose then 250mg every 6-8 hours as necessary. Up to a maximum of 1250mg a day may be given after the first day.
See patient information leaflet for more details.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Naproxen tablets if you:
• use other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) or any medication which may cause bleeding or ulcers in the stomach
• have a history of gastrointestinal disease e.g. ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
• drink alcohol
• are elderly
• have or have had high blood pressure or any liver, kidney or heart problems
• have or have had bronchial asthma, other breathing problems or nasal polyps
• have systemic lupus erythematosus or other connective tissue disorders
• have a blood clotting disorder
• are a women trying to become pregnant or undergoing investigation of infertility.
See patient information for a full list of warnings.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
confusion, headache, ringing in the ears, changes in vision (you should go for an eye
test if you notice changes in vision), tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, rashes.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
depression, irregular heartbeat (palpitations), abnormal dreams, forgetfulness, difficulty
concentrating, sensitivity of the skin to light (may cause blistering), difficulty sleeping.
See patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
The active substance (the ingredient that makes the medicine work) is naproxen. Each
tablet contains either 250mg or 500mg of the active substance.
• The other ingredients are lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, polyvidone, E172, E463
See patient information leaflet for a list of other ingredients as different manufacturers use different other ingredients.