Sumatriptan and naproxen (Oral)
Generic Name: naproxen/sumatriptan (soo-ma-TRIP-tan SUX-i-nate, na-PROX-en SOE-dee-um)
Risk of Serious Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal EventsNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use.Naproxen sodium/sumatriptan succinate is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events .
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 30, 2020.
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Therapeutic Class: Antimigraine
Pharmacologic Class: Sumatriptan
Chemical Class: Naproxen
Uses for sumatriptan and naproxen
Sumatriptan and naproxen combination is used to treat acute migraine attacks. It is not used to prevent migraine headaches or to treat cluster headaches. Sumatriptan and naproxen often relieves other symptoms that occur together with a migraine headache, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound. Sumatriptan is a serotonin receptor agonist that works in the brain to relieve migraine headaches. Naproxen is an NSAID.
Sumatriptan and naproxen is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using sumatriptan and naproxen
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For sumatriptan and naproxen, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to sumatriptan and naproxen or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of sumatriptan and naproxen combination in children younger than 12 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Use of sumatriptan and naproxen combination is not recommended in elderly patients with kidney problems, heart and blood vessel disease, or high blood pressure.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking sumatriptan and naproxen, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using sumatriptan and naproxen with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
- Ergoloid Mesylates
- Methylene Blue
Using sumatriptan and naproxen with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Amtolmetin Guacil
- Bismuth Subsalicylate
- Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate
- Choline Salicylate
- Dabigatran Etexilate
- Ethacrynic Acid
- Flufenamic Acid
- Magnesium Salicylate
- Mefenamic Acid
- Morphine Sulfate Liposome
- Niflumic Acid
- Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
- Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
- Phenyl Salicylate
- Protein C
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Salicylate
- St John's Wort
- Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
- Tiaprofenic Acid
- Tolfenamic Acid
- Trolamine Salicylate
Using sumatriptan and naproxen with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Azilsartan Medoxomil
- Candesartan Cilexetil
- Olmesartan Medoxomil
- Perindopril Erbumine
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using sumatriptan and naproxen with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use sumatriptan and naproxen, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of sumatriptan and naproxen. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Anemia or
- Bleeding problems or
- Congestive heart failure or
- Edema (fluid retention) or
- Hypertension (high blood pressure), controlled or
- Inflammatory bowel disease (eg, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis), history of or
- Kidney disease or
- Seizures, or history of or
- Stomach or bowel ulcers or bleeding, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Angina (chest pain) or
- Aspirin-sensitive asthma or
- Aspirin sensitivity, history of or
- Basilar migraine (migraine with vision and hearing problems) or
- Heart attack, history of or
- Heart or blood vessel problems or
- Heart rhythm problems (eg, arrhythmia, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome) or
- Heart surgery (eg, coronary artery bypass graft [CABG] surgery) or
- Hemiplegic migraine (migraine with some paralysis) or
- Hypertension (high blood pressure), uncontrolled or
- Ischemic bowel disease (bowels have low blood supply) or
- Liver disease, severe or
- Peripheral vascular disease or
- Stroke, or history of or
- Transient ischemic attack, or history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
- Coronary artery disease, history of or
- Diabetes or
- Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol in the blood) or
- Raynaud syndrome—Use with caution. The chance of side effects may be increased.
Proper use of sumatriptan and naproxen
Use sumatriptan and naproxen only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than directed. Using too much of sumatriptan and naproxen may increase the chance of side effects.
Sumatriptan and naproxen comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
For adults: If your headache does not improve after taking sumatriptan and naproxen, wait at least 2 hours before taking a second dose. Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.
For children 12 years of age or older: If your headache does not improve after the first dose of medicine, do not take a second dose. Call your doctor.
Do not use sumatriptan and naproxen for a regular headache that is different from your usual migraine. Talk to your doctor about what to do for regular headaches.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. You may take the tablet with or without food.
The dose of sumatriptan and naproxen will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of sumatriptan and naproxen. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For migraine headaches:
- Adults—One tablet once a day. The dose may be repeated once after waiting 2 hours. Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.
- Children 12 to 17 years of age—One tablet once a day. Do not take more than 1 tablet in 24 hours.
- Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For migraine headaches:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using sumatriptan and naproxen
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it. Blood and urine tests will be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Check with your doctor if you have used sumatriptan and naproxen and have not had good relief. Also, check with your doctor if your migraine headaches are worse, or if they are occurring more often, than before you started using sumatriptan and naproxen.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant. You should not use sumatriptan and naproxen during the later part of pregnancy unless your doctor says it is okay.
You should not take sumatriptan and naproxen if you have used an MAO inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan®), phenelzine (Nardil®), selegiline (Eldepryl®), or tranylcypromine (Parnate®) within the past 2 weeks. Do not use sumatriptan and naproxen if you have taken other migraine medicines (eg, almotriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan, Axert™, Frova®, Amerge®, Maxalt®, or Zomig®) or an ergotamine medicine (eg, dihydroergotamine, methysergide, Cafergot®, D.H.E. 45®, Ergomar®, or Migranal®) within the past 24 hours.
Sumatriptan and naproxen may cause problems if you have heart disease. If your doctor thinks you might have a problem with sumatriptan and naproxen, he or she may want you to take your first dose in the doctor’s office or clinic.
Sumatriptan and naproxen may increase your risk of having a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke. This is more likely to occur if you or a family member already has a heart disease, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, if you smoke, if you are male and over 40 years of age, or if you are female and have gone through menopause. People who use sumatriptan and naproxen for a long time might also have a higher risk. Check with your doctor if you have chest pain, faintness, nausea, unusual sweating, trouble breathing, trouble seeing, or trouble speaking while using sumatriptan and naproxen.
Check with your doctor right away if you have chest discomfort, jaw or neck tightness after using sumatriptan and naproxen. Also, tell your doctor if you have sudden or severe abdominal or stomach pain after taking sumatriptan and naproxen.
Sumatriptan and naproxen might cause bleeding or ulcers in your stomach or intestines. This problem can happen without warning signs. This is more likely if you have had a stomach ulcer in the past, if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, if you are over 60 years of age, are in poor health, or are using certain other medicines (such as a steroid or a blood thinner).
Do not use sumatriptan and naproxen if you are also using other medicines containing naproxen. Using these medicines together may cause serious unwanted effects.
Make sure your doctor knows about all the medicines you are using. Sumatriptan and naproxen combination may cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome when taken with some medicines. This especially includes medicines used to treat depression, such as citalopram, duloxetine, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, olanzapine, paroxetine, sertraline, venlafaxine, Celexa®, Lexapro®, Cymbalta®, Effexor®, Paxil®, Prozac®, or Zoloft®. Check with your doctor first before taking any other medicines.
Check with your doctor right away if you have agitation, blood in the urine, confusion, decreased urine output, rapid weight gain, swelling of the face, ankles, or hands. These may be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.
Sumatriptan and naproxen may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Although this is rare, it may occur more often in patients who are allergic to aspirin or to any of the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention. The most serious signs of this reaction are very fast or irregular breathing, gasping for breath, or fainting. Other signs may include changes in the color of the skin of the face, very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse, hive-like swellings on the skin, and puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes. If these effects occur, get emergency help at once.
Serious skin reactions may also occur during treatment with sumatriptan and naproxen. Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms while taking sumatriptan and naproxen: blistering, peeling, or loose skin, chills, cough, diarrhea, fever, itching, joint or muscle pain, red skin lesions, sore throat, sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Check with your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems, including dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.
If you are rapidly gaining weight, having shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, extreme tiredness or weakness, irregular breathing, irregular heartbeat, or excessive swelling of the hands, wrist, ankles, or feet, check with your doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of heart problems or your body keeping too much water.
Using too much of sumatriptan and naproxen or any other migraine medicines (eg, ergotamine, triptans, opioids, or a combination treatment for 10 or more days per month) may worsen your headache. Talk to your doctor about this risk. It may also be helpful to note of how often your migraine attacks occur and how much medicines you use.
Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after your treatment. Your eyes may need to be checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).
Drinking alcoholic beverages can make headaches worse or cause new headaches to occur. People who suffer from severe headaches should probably avoid alcoholic beverages, especially during a headache.
Sumatriptan and naproxen may cause some people to become dizzy, drowsy, or less alert than normal. If any of these side effects occur, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous while you are dizzy or less alert.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are taking sumatriptan and naproxen. The results of some tests may be affected by sumatriptan and naproxen.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Sumatriptan and naproxen side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- chest discomfort or pain
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- jaw, neck, or throat pain
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Acid or sour stomach
- dry mouth
- feeling hot
- feeling of warmth
- lack or loss of strength
- muscle tightness
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- sudden sweating
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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