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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/12/2006 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad just started taking Naproxen and we are all quite worried about the side affects.  I've taken it before for my fibromyalgia but only for a short time and it worked by I was worried about taking it too often.  Because I have taken it my dad thinks its OK but his wife is very worried.  Any ideas about Naproxen?

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   Posted 4/12/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanblack & welcome,
Naproxen is a relatively safe anti-inflammatory. People are very successful on it.
Naproxen gets completely absorbed in the GI tract.  So first & foremost you want to make sure he doesn't have any active GI bleeds or ulcers/ulcer disease.  Alcohol really should be avoided while on it.
*There is an increased risk for bleeding if he takes any other blood thiners, aspirin, steroids.
*Food, milk, antacids will aid in decreasing GI irritation.
      **** If he gets:  a rash, itching, sudden weight gain, swelling, BLACK         STOOLS....discontinue the pills & call the doctor ASAP.****
that's pretty much THE MOST imprtant stuff.
it had worked well for me in the past, never any problems.  but when i developed Crohns i would bleed rectally from any any underlyng colitis or Crohns or ulcer disease should be ruled out.
the best to you!  much luck!
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   Posted 4/13/2006 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanblack,
You may want to ask the doc about prescribing a PPI or another type of antacid med to take along with the Naproxen. This helps to protect the stomach from the side effects. My doc prescribed protonix to take with my meds because I have a couple known meds to cause GI bleed. I haven't had any problems thus far (touch wood).
Take Care
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/13/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks, Erin. I feel better now. Nan

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   Posted 4/13/2006 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thnks you too dbab, Nan
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