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Naproxen Sodium and Rapid Weight Gain

One important point to keep in mind related to weight gain and naproxen sodium is that all NSAIDs, including naproxen sodium, may cause congestive heart failure. One of the main symptoms of congestive heart failure is unexplained weight gain. In fact, people with symptoms of congestive heart failure can often have rapid weight gain over a couple of days. This weight gain is often combined with other symptoms, such as a cough and swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling while taking this drug.
 

Naproxen Sodium and Gradual Weight Gain

If you are noticing gradual weight gain while taking naproxen sodium, there are things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
 
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, which may include:
 
    • Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
    • Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
    • Few foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars
 
  • Engage in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week
  • Limit your intake of alcohol.
     
If the weight gain continues, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you other suggestions for dealing with any weight gain. Your healthcare provider may also recommend other lifestyle choices or possibly switch you to another pain-relief medication.
 
(Click BMI Calculator to see if your weight is within a healthy range.)
 
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