Naprosyn generic name naproxen is also marketed under the brand names Aleve, Aleve Easy Open Arthritis, Aleve Gelcap, Anaprox DS, Comfort Pac, EC-Naprosyn, Leader Naproxen Sodium, Midol Extended relief, Naprelan 375, Naprelan 500, Napralen 750 and Naprosyn.
This is one of a group of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that function by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain. The drug is used to treat arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout or menstrual cramps. It can also be used for other purposes.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as it can greatly increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Special tests may be required before use if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, blood clot, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, asthma, polyps in your nose, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or if you smoke.
Less serious side effects are upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching, rash, blurred vision or ringing in your ears. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance, black, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or granular vomit, swelling or rapid weight gain, urinating less or not at all, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache, blistering , peeling or redness of the skin, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, chills, sensitivity to light, purple spots on skin or seizure.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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