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Anaprox DS is an oral medication used to relieve pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, and other types of conditions that cause pain and inflammation in the body.
The active ingredient in Anaprox DS is naproxen sodium. It belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which are natural substances that cause pain and inflammation in the body.
Anaprox DS only treats the symptoms of pain and inflammation and does not cure the underlying condition that is causing the pain.
Use and Dosage
Naproxen sodium is available in tablet form to be taken orally as per the doctor's instructions. Usually, it is taken two or three times a day with a full glass of water, and one should not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication to avoid any adverse effects. Take the tablet with food, milk, or an antacid to prevent stomach upset.
The dosage of Naproxen sodium is determined based on your medical condition and your response to treatment. To minimize the risk of stomach bleeding and other potential side effects, take the tablet at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time, without increasing the dose or frequency beyond what is prescribed by your doctor or indicated on the package label.
When taking the tablet "as needed" (not on a regular schedule), the pain medication works best if taken at the first signs of pain. Waiting until the pain has worsened may result in the drug losing its effectiveness. If your condition either doesn't improve or worsens, or if you believe you have a severe medical issue, seek medical attention immediately.
Common Side Effects of Anaprox DS (Naproxen Sodium):
Serious Side Effects of Anaprox DS (Naproxen Sodium):
- Anemia (low red blood cells)
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Clay-colored stools
- Cold hands or feet
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Dark urine
- Feeling lightheaded
- Little or no urination
- Loss of appetite
- Painful urination
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rash or blisters
- Swelling in your feet or ankles
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Upper stomach pain
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
Forms and Strength
Anaprox DS (Naproxen Sodium) is available in the following forms and strength:
Anaprox DS: Tablet
- 550 mg
Naproxen Sodium: Tablet
- 550 mg
- Caution should be exercised when using Anaprox DS in patients with a history of gastrointestinal disease, as it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
- Anaprox DS can also increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly in patients with a history of heart disease.
- Anaprox DS should not be used in patients with severe kidney problems.
- Anaprox DS should be used with caution in elderly patients, as they may be more susceptible to its side effects.
- Anaprox DS should not be taken by pregnant women in the third trimester, as it can cause harm to the developing fetus.
- Anaprox DS can interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors, so it is important to inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking before starting Anaprox DS.
- Anaprox DS should be used with caution in patients with asthma, as it can worsen symptoms.
- Anaprox DS can cause drowsiness and dizziness, so patients should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until they know how it affects them.
- Anaprox DS should be taken with food or milk to help reduce stomach upset.
- Anaprox DS can also increase the risk of bleeding, so patients taking blood thinners should use it only under the supervision of a doctor.
- Patients who have experienced asthma, hives, or an allergic reaction after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs should also use Anaprox DS with caution, as they may be at greater risk of having an allergic reaction.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Anaprox DS cause drowsiness or dizziness?
Yes, Anaprox DS can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Patients should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until they know how it affects them.
How long should I take Anaprox DS?
Anaprox DS should be taken only as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. The length of treatment will depend on the condition being treated and individual factors, such as your age and overall health.
Is it safe to take Anaprox DS if I have heart disease?
Anaprox DS can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly in patients with a history of heart disease. You should talk to your doctor before starting Anaprox DS if you have a history of heart disease.
It's important to purchase Anaprox DS from verified Canadian pharmacy.