Naproxen Sodium

*** Please Note***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

How does Naproxen Sodium work?
Naproxen sodium is an NSAID which is used to treat rheumatic inflammations, inflammations of the limbs and muscles, menstrual pains and mild to moderate pain (headaches, tooth aches, back pains and fever). Naproxen sodium is also called Narocin.

Do NOT use narocin/naproxen sodium when

  • Your child has an allergy to one of the components, aspirin or any other NSAID.
  • You’re pregnant or nursing
  • Do not use or administer naproxen sodium continuously over a long period of time (longer than 10 consecutive days for pain relief or 3 for fever reduction)

Consult your doctor when
Your child has a medical condition, especially one that affects the respiratory system (such as asthma), the cardiovascular system (such as hypertension), the liver/kidney/urinary system, or the digestive system.
Your child is taking other medications.

Store the medicine in a cool dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use if it is past the expiration date.

Administer the medication based on your doctor’s instructions. If you administer without your doctor’s instructions:

Children over 12: 1 tablet every 12 hours; do not give more than 2 tablets a day. The medication should not be given to children under the age of 12. The tablets should not be chewed. Tablets should be given during or after a meal and with a glass of water.

What should I do if I forgot to give my child the dose on time?
Naproxen sodium is only taken if needed, so there is no need to give it to your child at set times. If naproxen is taken on a permanent basis, give your child the dose as soon as you remember. If it within an hour or two of the next dose, skip the forgotten dose and wait for the next one. Do not double the next dose.

When does treatment end?
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor.
Once your child is finished taking naproxen, throw out the leftover medication.

Are there any side effects?
While taking naproxen, possible side effects can include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, constipation, headaches, dizziness, heart burn, stomach aches and sensitivity to sunlight. If symptoms persist or get worse, please contact your doctor.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition gets worse
  • Your child experiences an allergic reaction – rash, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes, lips, hands, legs or face, fever, bloody stool, sharp stomach pains, severe heart burn, ringing in the ears, or vision problems. Stop using the medication and call your doctor.

This medication can cause bleeding in the abdominal cavity. Naproxen contains sodium; if your child is on a low-sodium diet, please consult your doctor.