Naproxen uses include:
* Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from straining a muscle, or because of inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). It can also be used to treat general pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain, or knee pain.
* Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Naproxen can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis (also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. However, the medication does not cure these types of arthritis.
* Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
Naproxen may also be combined with other medications in several common cold, allergy, and flu products to help relieve common cold symptoms, such as fever and aches and pains.
However for a knee surgery, please do talk with your orthopedic before you self medicate, be well & safe!
Naproxen is essentially an anti-inflammatory, which is hard on the liver, so if you have some reason that you do not take acetominiphin or something else that is considered to be damaging to your liver, or you have a liver problem that you are aware of, probably best to limit intake of those types of drugs. I see no reason why you could not take it for pain relief, as anti inflammatory drugs often help tremendously, especially when combined with other pain medications, but a quick call to your dr.'s office asking the nurse to check and get back to you would be the safe, easiest way to go. My feeling is it would be fine if you do not have the problems i mentioned. Call your Dr. to be certain. Dede
- Naproxen Information for Consumers
- Naproxen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naproxen (detailed)
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