Naproxen Precautions and Warnings
There are a number of important precautions and warnings with naproxen to be aware of before taking the medicine. For example, there are potential side effects and complications that may develop with the use of this pain-relief drug, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. Also, certain people should not take naproxen, such as those who have an active bleeding condition.
Prior to taking naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®), you should tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems or are taking medicines that decrease your blood's ability to clot
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
- Any allergies to medicines, including sulfa drugs, aspirin, or other NSAID pain medicines.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.