I have taken naproxen for arthritis for years and it has been a God send... I am very crippled without it. Having trouble controling hypertension though. Can naproxen be the problem? What else to try? Thank you
7 Sep 2011
57jrtm, My husband has RA and he is on methatrexate, has really helped him. You need to see your Ra doc. There are other meds out ther you might could take that would be better for you. I'm sure some more people will come along and give you some good advice and may have already while I'm writting this. Good luck and God Bless. Von-1
7 Sep 2011
One med that has been awesome for me is called Volteran Gel 1% It is a gel you rub on where it hurts. This is better because you don't ingest it so it won't bother your stomach. Your blood pressure may be problematic not from meds so much but from stress from pain.
You need to talk to your doctor about meds that work better on your pain. What kind of arthritis do you have? I have both OA and RA.
7 Sep 2011
Jrtm... the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, naproxen, voltaren are usually not known for hypertension... they usually have GI issues. There is one called Mobic that is a little more mild. Methotrexate, as dear vonnie just referenced is a wonderful drug.for RA... Rheumatoid arthritis. But usually not used in place of the non-steroidals for non RA arthritis pain. Methotrexate is also a chemotherapy for some types of leukemias in children. It carries some side effects that can deplete blood platelets, therefore needing the patient to have periodic bloodwork. Celebrex, which is a cox2 inhibitor is also good for pain and doesn't carry some of the side effects that the non-steroidals do. I do not believe that any of them cause hypertension?? But i do suggest that you talk to your doc about it if your blood pressure is going up. Do you think your pain might be causing your blood pressure to go up? At any rate you should talk to your doctor about this... sorry I couldn't be of any more help... good luck...
8 Sep 2011
Hey There, Have you tried any supplements? I have Fibromyalgia and Rhem. Arthritis. For over a year now I have been taking an all natural supplement. Its main target is inflammation. Even with the weather here like it is, drizzling, 60 degree's... I feel great. I even sat in the rain last night for 2 hours watching my son's football game. We lost by the way. Oh well, it was fun. I dont take any meds anymore. They scared me anyway. The Lyrica caused me to gained 15 lbs in 2 months. Well take care, and keep searching!
3 Nov 2011
I do not believe naproxen would be causing your hypertension. This usually needs to be controlled by other medications & you need to see your physician to get the right medication. If naproxen is controlling the pain of your RA, you shouldn't need to move to a drastic drug as methotrexate...
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