Anaprox or generic Naproxen Sodium is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is prescribed to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile arthritis. Some people experiencing pain and inflammation from a sprain, strain, and knee or back pain can also benefit from taking Anaprox. These conditions cause pain and inflammation and make it difficult to carry out your daily tasks. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Anaprox, or generic Naproxen Sodium works by blocking the cyclooxygenase enzymes in your body that are responsible for producing inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins. Because your immune system senses arthritis as harmful, it sends a message for prostaglandins to go to the injured area to contain the threat and begin the healing process. This results in a reduction of the redness and swelling so you can enjoy relief and healing. This is not a cure for arthritis, but your mobility is improved you’re able to rest the sprain/strain in comfort.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is considered an autoimmune disease because it is your own immune system that begins attacking body tissues. In the case of RA, your joint linings and cartilage are damaged, which eventually leads to the erosion of opposing bones so your movements are painful.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, and it affects your larger and smaller joints such as wrists, hands, feet, back, hips, and knees. Your doctor may also prescribe Anaprox to treat bursitis, tendonitis, and for women that experience painful menstrual cramping every month.
Ask your doctor if there are risks to taking Anaprox while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Anaprox is safe for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any current non-prescription meds or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Until you know how Anaprox will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any tasks that are considered risky if you are not alert. If Anaprox upsets your stomach, try taking it with food. Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of side effects. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures, inform all medical staff that you are taking Anaprox as you may be instructed to stop taking it before the procedure.