Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Naproxen may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have problems becoming pregnant.
You should not take Naproxen in the first 6 months of pregnancy and must not take Naproxen in the last 3 months of pregnancy or during labour.
If you are breast-feeding, you should not take Naproxen tablets.
How to take Naproxen tablets
Always take Naproxen tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Swallow with or after food.
Your doctor should prescribe as low a dose as possible. This will reduce any side effects you may experience.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
500mg-1g a day in two doses at twelve hour intervals. If 1g is needed this can be given as two 500mg doses or as a single dose.
- Attack of gout
Initially 750mg as a single dose then 250mg every 8 hours until the attack has passed.
- Muscle and bone disorders
Initially 500mg as a single dose then 250mg every 6-8 hours as necessary. Up to a maximum of 1250mg a day may be given after the first day.
Children over 5 years for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
10mg per kg of body weight a day, taken in two doses at twelve hourly intervals.
Dosage may be reduced in the elderly.