He prescribed Naproxen EC 500 mg for pain and inflammation. However, I thought I was to take this only on as-needed basis. Because I did not experience post-surgery pain and thought I was healing well, I did not take this at all and just went ahead with my physiotherapy sessions. In the next two-three weeks, I had to struggle standing and walking with an aid of a cane. I realized, after seeing the surprise on my orthopedic's face during post-surgery visit when he learned that I did not take Naproxen at all, that this may be the problem why I am not recovering well. My operated knee may still be swollen in the inside! I then started taking this Naproxen EC 500 mg on my third-fourth week of recovery (i.e. 2x daily after a meal). Is this ok and for how long will I continue to take this? My doctor was in a hurry and I missed asking these questions.
If only people would read the labels. Take it everyday as ordered until your knee is as good as its going to go. You can't do therapy right if you have inflammation and pain.
- Naproxen Information for Consumers
- Naproxen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naproxen (detailed)
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