Hi All, just reading the earlier post on Naproxen and I think I might have been taking it wrong! My GP prescribed it to me a couple of years ago, at the start of the diagnostic process when I was having a lot of random flares. I was diagnosed with seropositive RA a few months later and put on Hydrox. I have since been put on Sulfasalazine as well (although my consultant is constantly trying to get me to take Mtx which I am resisting.) However, I never took Naproxen regularly, only when I was in a lot of pain. Have I been taking it wrong all these years? Should I be taking it daily? And is it safe to take with Hydroxy and Sulfasalazine?
I'm really confused now!
Any advice welcome.
Have you checked the directions label, the one your Pharmacist sticks on the box? It should have your name, the medication name, the dose, how to take it & how often. I take etoricoxib (a different type of NSAID) nightly though at one time my Rheumy had me change it to alternate days.... so both times on a continual basis.
Yes I think the directions label said one to be taken twice a day - but I just assumed that was until the flare subsided. Since then I have only taken Naproxen when I have a particularly bad flare. But now I'm wondering if I should be taking it twice a day, every day? But as I mentioned, I'm on Hydroxy and Sulfasalazine daily - so this would bring me up to 3 medicines a day. My Consultant has never mentioned Naproxen at all. I'm very confused!!!
I take my Naproxen twice a day and have been alon g side Hydroxy, MTX, Sulfasalazaline for nearly 4 years now. I have no problems with it. I also take paracetomol daily. folic acid 4 days a week, Omeprazole daily ( a stomach protector which is important if you take naproxen). and since april inject Humira fortnightly.
If you are in doubt about any of your meds please consult ypur Rheumy team or your Gp.
I suppose really it depends on if you need it on a regular basis. It's always preferable to not take NSAIDs long term, that is unless they're necessary. If you find you're well enough controlled taking it as you are now then I would mention that to your Rheumy. Unfortunately I'm not, realised when an SpR told me to take them only when absolutely necessary (& also asked me to taper my steroids) & I flared. My GP reinstated my steroids & at my next appointment my Rheumy ok'd that & also asked me to take the etoricoxib alternate days until I had a full cardiovascular check (in my case necessary annually as they're a COX-2), if all was ok I could return to taking them nightly. I'm on MTX & SSZ. Apols for long-winded reply!
Hi Tracylux, Not to tell you how to take your meds, but just a reminder about pain. One thing we have learned over the years is that pain is a hard beast to control, especially once it gets the upper hand. If you wait to take a pain medication until you are non-functional, you will find that it takes longer to control and more of the medication. I get mine down to the minimum level to control it and think I have less flares. Like I said, not to tell you what to do, just a thought...
Naprpxen is an anti-infammatory with analgesic properties.
I take one with or straight after my first meal of the day and the second one twelve hours later, again with a meal or straight after.
Your consultant will be aware of what your GP has advised, as the hospital with have a computer link with your GP and, besides, any correspondence between the two from the outset of your referal will have contained medication prescribed.
Ask, if you are still worried.
I take both Sulfasalazine and Naproxen, along with Tramadol and Paracetemol.
They are compatible, so don't worry about that.