Naproxen Safety

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medication that is used to treat pain, swelling, fever, and inflammation in adults and children. Although it is generally a safe medication, naproxen does pose certain risks.
Naproxen belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It's important to note that certain problems can develop in people taking these products. For example, kidney damage can occur during treatment with an NSAID. However, this is more common in people with kidney disease, heart failure, liver problems, those taking diuretics or angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medications, and the elderly.
In addition, NSAIDs may cause or worsen high blood pressure. Naproxen should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure. Other problems that may occur in people using this medication include dizziness, heartburn, itching, and nausea. Naproxen is not safe for anyone who has a stomach ulcer or is in the third trimester of pregnancy.
(For more safety information, click Naproxen Precautions and Warnings or Naproxen Side Effects. These articles offer more detailed drug warnings relating to things like allergic reactions, serious side effects, and more.)
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