Anaprox is oral medication indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of various conditions, including arthritis, spondylitis, tendinitis, and bursitis, among others. Anaprox is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that contains the active ingredient naproxen sodium. It works by blocking the production of certain natural substances in the body that cause pain, inflammation, and fever.
Anaprox is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat pain and inflammation. Anaprox is also known as Naproxen, which is widely used to relieve muscle aches, menstrual cramps, backache, minor arthritis pain, and other forms of short-term pain. Anaprox works by blocking the production of certain hormones that cause inflammation. It also helps reduce fever and swelling.
Uses and Dosage
Anaprox is typically prescribed in tablet form to be taken orally, as directed by a doctor, usually 2 or 3 times a day. It should be taken with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters), and the individual should not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the drug. To prevent stomach upset, take Anaprox with food, milk, or an antacid.
The dosage of Anaprox will be based on the individual’s medical condition and response to treatment. The lowest effective dose of Anaprox should be taken for the shortest possible time to reduce the risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects. The dose should not be increased, and the drug should not be taken more frequently than directed by the doctor or package label. For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, Anaprox should be continued as directed by the doctor.
The standard instructions for taking naproxen tablets are as follows:
- Pain, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, and bursitis: The usual dosage is to take 250 mg to 500 mg orally twice a day. The maximum daily dosage is 1,500 mg for up to 6 months.
- Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis: The typical dose is to take 500 mg orally initially, followed by 250 mg every 6 to 8 hours as needed. The maximum daily dose is 1,250 mg.
- Gout: The standard dosage is to take 750 mg orally at the onset of a gout attack and then 250 mg every 8 hours until the symptoms have subsided.
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (liquid suspension of naproxen is preferred): The healthcare provider will determine the child’s dose based on their body weight. The standard dose is to take 5 mg/kg orally twice daily. Naproxen tablets should only be taken by children who weigh over 110 pounds.
Common Side Effects of Anaprox (Naproxen Sodium):
- Difficulty breathing
- Fluid retention
- Hearing disturbances
- Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth
Serious Side Effects of Anaprox (Naproxen Sodium):
- Abdominal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal perforation
- Abdominal ulcers
- Being more thirsty than usual
- Difficult or labored breathing
- Feeling of indigestion
- Itching skin
- Large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
- Pain in the chest below the breastbone
- Racing heart
- Skin eruptions
- Stomach pain
- Tightness in the chest
Form and strength
Anaprox (Naproxen Sodium) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 275 mg
Naproxen Sodium: Tablet
- 275 mg
- Like other NSAIDs, Anaprox can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems, particularly with long-term use or at higher doses.
- Anaprox can increase the risk of stomach and intestinal bleeding, particularly in those who have a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Anaprox can affect kidney function, particularly in those who have pre-existing kidney problems or dehydration.
- Anaprox should be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding only when clearly needed, as it may harm the developing fetus or nursing baby.
- Anaprox can interact with other medications, particularly blood thinners, and should be used with caution in those who are taking other medications.
- Anaprox should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Talk with your doctor before taking Anaprox if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Talk with your doctor before taking Anaprox if you are breastfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Anaprox be taken with other medications?
Inform your doctor of all medications, including over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal remedies that you are taking before starting Anaprox. Anaprox may interact with other medications, increasing the risk of side effects or reducing the effectiveness of one or both medications.
How long does it take for Anaprox to start working?
Anaprox starts working within 1-2 hours after ingestion. However, it may take several days of continuous use to achieve the maximum therapeutic effect.
Does Anaprox cause addiction or dependency?
Anaprox is not an addictive medication, and there is no evidence to suggest that it causes dependency when used correctly. However, like all medications, use Anaprox as directed by your doctor to minimize the risk of side effects and complications.
How should Anaprox be stored?
Anaprox should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and sunlight. It should be kept out of the reach of children.