Naproxen - How long does it take for side effects to go away after a bad reaction and stopping the?
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I took Naproxen for three days. No problems the first two days, then the bad reaction on the third.
Today is my eighth day without Naproxen and I'm still experiencing the side effects.
It has now been sixteen days since I stopped taking Naproxen, and I'm still experiencing side effects: headache, dizziness, elevated pulse and even a blackout a few days ago. I feel like I should see a doctor, but I'm in dire financial straits and I'm worried I'll spend a lot of money and be told to just keep waiting. Does anybody know how many days need to go by before "wait for the side effects to go away" turns into "we need to investigate?"
I took it for 3 days, had to stop, bad stomach pain, hot flashes. 2 day later still working with the nausea and stomach pains. I am using probiotic and drinking organic vinegar and water with honey to help it. I look forward to the end if side effects. I will let you know how all this helps. I can't imagine taking this for any length if time! I will try some advil once in a while and deal with the heel pain.
Just to help others with the same question, I'm going to post a followup five-and-a-half months later.
It took a little over three weeks for most of my symptoms to disappear and my heart rate and blood pressure to normalize. The cognitive difficulties lasted a bit longer. Some of them were quite troubling, like having my phone number completely vanish from my memory and needing to re-memorize it.
This problem really concerned me. I did quite a bit of research on recovering from a stroke (since my symptoms were similar) and ultimately settled on practicing Japanese calligraphy as a good therapy. It requires a lot of concentration, yet is relaxing at the same time. I wasn't trying to learn the language, just copying characters to focus my mind. A few more weeks went by and my cognitive abilities seemed back to normal. Hard to say whether my home therapy really helped or if it was just a matter of the last traces of Naproxen finally leaving my system.
Bottom line: I'd advise everyone to avoid prescription Naproxen like the plague, and I'd even be leery of the over-the-counter version, Aleve. I was effectively disabled for weeks by this garbage and felt like I was about to die when the bad reaction first happened. I wish I'd just ignored my doctor and toughed out the pain and inflammation.
- Naproxen Information for Consumers
- Naproxen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naproxen (detailed)
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