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Esomeprazole / Naproxen Dosage

Applies to the following strength(s): 20 mg-375 mg ; 20 mg-500 mg

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Usual Adult Dose for Ankylosing Spondylitis

One tablet (esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 375 mg or esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 500 mg) orally twice a day

Duration of therapy: The lowest dose given for the shortest duration (consistent with individual patient treatment goals) should be used.

Comments:
-Not interchangeable with the individual components of naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium.

Uses: For the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis and to decrease the risk of developing gastric ulcers in patients at risk of developing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) associated gastric ulcers.

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoarthritis

One tablet (esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 375 mg or esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 500 mg) orally twice a day

Duration of therapy: The lowest dose given for the shortest duration (consistent with individual patient treatment goals) should be used.

Comments:
-Not interchangeable with the individual components of naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium.

Uses: For the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis and to decrease the risk of developing gastric ulcers in patients at risk of developing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) associated gastric ulcers.

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatoid Arthritis

One tablet (esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 375 mg or esomeprazole 20 mg-naproxen 500 mg) orally twice a day

Duration of therapy: The lowest dose given for the shortest duration (consistent with individual patient treatment goals) should be used.

Comments:
-Not interchangeable with the individual components of naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium.

Uses: For the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis and to decrease the risk of developing gastric ulcers in patients at risk of developing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) associated gastric ulcers.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Moderate to severe renal impairment (CrCl less than 30 mL/min): Not recommended

Liver Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate liver impairment: Monitor closely and consider possible dose reduction based on the naproxen component
Severe hepatic impairment: Use should be avoided.

Dose Adjustments

Elderly Patients:
-Use caution when high doses are required; the lowest effective dose should be used due to an increased risk for adverse events and increased likelihood of concomitant renal or hepatic impairment and cardiac dysfunction.

Precautions

US BOXED WARNINGS: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS:
-Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular (CV) thrombotic events, myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use.
-This drug 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 a greater risk for serious GI events.

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Both esomeprazole and naproxen are highly protein bound and are unlikely to be removed.

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Take at least 30 minutes prior to a meal.
-The tablet should be swallowed whole with liquid; do not split, chew, crush, or dissolve tablets.

General:
-The benefits versus risks ratio of esomeprazole-naproxen therapy should be assessed prior to commencing treatment and the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible employed.
-This drug does not allow for a lower daily dose of esomeprazole; if a lower daily dose of 40 mg is appropriate, a different treatment should be considered.
-Prior to commencing esomeprazole-naproxen, existing treatment with non-aspirin NSAIDs (including COX-2 selective inhibitors) and gastroprotective medications (such as proton pump inhibitors or H2 receptor antagonists) should be ceased.
-Esomeprazole-naproxen is not recommended for initial treatment of acute pain.

Monitoring:
General: Regular surveillance is recommended in patients on long-term treatment, e.g., those treated for more than one year.
Cardiovascular: Blood pressure, myocardial infarction and stroke (particularly in patients with cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors)
Hematologic: Clinically significant bleeding from any source
Hepatic: Liver function tests, particularly ALT levels.
Renal: Renal function (serum creatinine and/or creatinine clearance)

Patient advice:
-Patients should be cautioned against driving or operating machinery until they are reasonably certain that esomeprazole-naproxen will not adversely affect their ability to safely engage in such activities.

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