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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Naproxen

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Naproxen vs. Daypro [posted 11/11/98]
Question: What is the major differences between Daypro and Naproxen? I know they are both NSAIDS and have similar indications and counterindications. When would you use one over the other? Is price an issue?

Answer: Cost is the major difference. Some have touted Daypro being better tolerated, especially gi;but, I haven't been impressed. I generally use Naproxen sodium for cost reasons.

Naprosyn & Birth Control Pills
Question: I have been taking Ortho-cyclen for about 2 years. I have been told that onlt antibiotics interfer with them but I have read different. Recently, due to an injury, I have been taking Naprosyn, and I am curious if the it decreases the effectiveness of my birth control? I read somewhere on the internet that non-steroidal anti-inflammitories decrease the effect of the birth control pills. But when I asked my doctor he said that he didn't know anything about Naprosyn, NSAND doing such a thing.

Answer: NaShouldn't interfere.

Naprosyn (naproxen)
Question: I have been taking Naprosyn for the past three weeks for joint pain. I have been noticeably moodier also. Is moodiness a possible side affect of this drug?

Answer: Not usually.

Question: I was just treated for an allergic reaction that my doctor believed was caused by Naproxen. The reaction included hives, swelling in various areas of my body, loss of appetite and a general very sick feeling. I have been taking Naproxen for about 8 months and previous to this with no ill effect. Is it possible for this to happen and should I be concerned with taking other drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen now that I have had this problem with naproxen?

Answer: This is an unusual reaction to Naproxen. This could be skin tested by an allergist. However, if it is Naproxen then you will probably get a similar reaction to any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory. You may or may not with aspirin. It is similar to Naproxen, but works sufficiently differently that there might or might not be a problem.
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