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Naprosyn is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) that your doctor can prescribe to treat the painful symptoms of arthritis, sprains, strains, and monthly menstrual cramps. Not only will it relieve pain and fever, Naprosyn or generic Naproxen will reduce inflammation to provide relief to help you recover and get back to your daily tasks. For the continuing pain of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a low maintenance dose to reduce your risk of side effects, including ulcers and heartburn. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Once taken as directed, Naprosyn will work to inhibit the action of 2 enzymes called cyclooxygenase (COX) 1 and 2. COX-1 acts as a cellular housekeeper which involves maintaining the lining of your stomach while COX-2 works in response to your immune system when it detects a threat or injury by producing prostaglandins, a substance that causes inflammation. By blocking this action, Naprosyn will decrease your pain and inflammation. Naprosyn is not a cure for arthritis, but it can provide you with some comfort and pain relief.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects your spine and can lead to vertebrae in your back fusing together, causing the appearance of a hunched-forward posture. Signs and symptoms usually start as frequent lower back and buttocks pain and stiffness and can be worse in the morning or during the night. The pain of AS will become chronic and over time it can also involve your neck.
Men tend to develop ankylosing spondylitis more than women, with other risk factors being your age and genetics. Exercising, physiotherapy and Naprosyn may help to prevent the fusion of your spine and keep you more limber and able to perform your daily tasks. Talk to your rheumatologist for more suggestions on pain relief.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are nursing before taking Naprosyn as it may cause harm to your unborn or nursing baby. Report other medical conditions and allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC and Rx medications you currently take or use, including alternative medicine and supplements, so your doctor can determine if Naprosyn is safe for you to take.
Taking any NSAID long-term can pose health risks so ask your doctor about taking a lower dose of Naprosyn once the inflammation and pain of your arthritis has subsided. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedure, inform the medical staff that you are taking Naprosyn as you may have to stop it for a week or more before the assigned date. Seek immediate medical assistance if you develop a rash, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, or black, tarry stools.