Log in
LUPUS UK
22,864 members18,263 posts

NAPROXEN

Has anyone used this medication and if so, was it helpful?

Thanks for reading.

Orchard1

24 Replies
oldestnewest

Yes I’ve used it for years now. It’s just basically a very strong anti-inflammatory. You have to eat before you take it, that’s very important.

But it’s good

3 likes
Reply

Great. Thanks for replying. I'll give it a try.

Reply

Hi orchard

Ive taken naproxen and it was very helpful and no problems taking it. Hope it helps youX

2 likes
Reply

Hi Misty

Great, thanks for replying. I'll give it a try.

1 like
Reply

Great Orchard, hope it helps you. Keep us postedX

Reply

Yes I use it for a few days at a stretch and it’s very effective - but then gastritis kicks in. I use a stomach protector with it - that’s important.

2 likes
Reply

Thanks for replying. GP given me a stomach protector so worth a try.

Reply

I wouldn’t take it for more than a few days for muscular, joint and tendon pain - but that really is all I need it for generally. I’d not take any of these drugs for more than short term use. I have early stage kidney disease and GERD so have to be very careful with all these meds. Can’t tolerate codeine based drugs at all.

Reply

Yes, I have used it. Naproxen can be purchased over the counter as Aleeve, but I’ve been prescribed percription strength naproxen for pain before I was diagnosed with Lupus and I couldn’t believe the difference it made! My pain felt like it melted away!

1 like
Reply

Thanks for replying. Very helpful.

Reply

My wife takes it for severe headaches - i know thats unsual but its the only thing that works. It also helps at the same time with the rheumatic type leg and arm pains. I would reinforce was has been said about gastric issues and be careful if you have asthma as well.

Reply

Thanks a lot. As I also get severe headaches, I'll give it a try.

Reply

Really strong. I was given olmeprazol to protect my stomach before I took it....I have a strong constitution, but it upset my stomach too much, had to stop it.

Reply

This is what concerns me! Thanks for replying. Think I'll stick with ibuprofen for the time being.

Reply

I had to stop taking it as it made me very low.

2 likes
Reply

There is always a caution unfortunately:

FDA strengthens warning that NSAIDs increase heart attack and stroke risk. ... Examples of commonly used over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). Celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) and others are prescription NSAIDs.22 Aug 2017

Best wishes Kevin

1 like
Reply

Thanks for replying Kevin. As I'm 68 think I won't bother trying this and stick with paracetamol for now.

Reply

I was on 2000mg a day and came to the conclusion that the cons were starting to out weigh the pros. I was given olmprazol to settle tummy, but read really bad reports on that. Naproxen kinda made me feel alittle empty/distant, if that makes sense.

It also gave me craving for chocolate.

Afew year back i was switched over to Celebrex, but that came with other health warnings and i think is now withdrawn, so about 4 year ago was put back onto Naproxin.

I havnt taken any since Sept 2017, so tried to work through discomforts at the mo...

Reply

Thanks for replying. Very helpful.

1 like
Reply

I didn't find Naproxen good enough to outweigh the potential long term health side effects so stick to Paracetamol.

2 likes
Reply

Yes, but I had to take the prescription strength and it gave me stomach upset badly. There's a worry about ulcers as well and not meant to take long term. If the over the counter Ibuprofen which is less harsh helps you could try for no less than 10 days it's worth a try, but that dose didn't work for me. It works better the more often you take it. Such as dose 3-4 will work better than taking once. Take with food....toast or milk/dairy was recommended to me

Good luck 💜💜

1 like
Reply

Very helpful. Thanks.

Reply

Hi Orchard , I tried naproxen along with omeprazole for a week but it was too harsh on my stomach and i had to stop. It helped a bit with pain but I wasn’t that impressed with it unfortunately.

1 like
Reply

I can't take it because I have kidney disease it isn't allowed if you have kidney involvement , I can't take aspirin because I am on warfarin , have to stick to paracetamol based drugs .

2 likes
Reply