Anaprox DS (Oral)

Questions | Reviews

What's the difference between Anoprox and Aleve?

I know Naproxen is the active ingredient in both. So why is one by prescription and one over the counter? If it's just dosage, couldn't someone just take more Aleve?
by Sabrina in Texas, 02/15/2008

Anaprox DS (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Anaprox DS (Oral)

Anaprox DS (Oral) Medication Classification

NAPROXEN (By mouth)

Anaprox DS (Oral) Brandname

Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox DS, Aflaxen, Anaprox, Aleve Arthritis, All Day Pain Relief, Prevacid NapraPAC 375, Prevacid NapraPAC 500, EC Naprosyn

Anaprox DS (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Naproxen (na-PROX-en) Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, and other medical problems. The over-the-counter brand is only for minor aches and pains and mild fevers. Belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

When To Not Use Anaprox DS (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to naproxen, aspirin, or other pain arthritis medicines, such as Voltaren, Motrin®, Clinoril®, or Indocin®. The reaction may have included wheezing or trouble breathing, hives, rash, or swelling in the face.

How Should You Use Anaprox DS (Oral)

Tablet, Liquid, Coated Tablet, Long Acting Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.
  • You may take the medicine with food, milk, or antacids (such as Maalox® or Mylanta®) so it does not upset your stomach.
  • Take the tablet with a full glass of water.
  • Swallow the controlled-release tablet or coated tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew.
  • Shake the oral liquid well before use.
  • Measure the oral liquid using a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for your next regular dose, wait until then to use your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Anaprox DS (Oral) Storage

Store Anaprox DS (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Anaprox DS (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Anaprox DS (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use this medicine with aspirin (or products that may contain aspirin) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®).
  • Naproxen can cause stomach bleeding. Drinking alcohol can make this worse. If you have 3 or more drinks of alcohol every day, ask your doctor if you should use naproxen. One drink of alcohol is the same as 4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1 ounce of hard liquor (gin, whiskey, and others).
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using Coumadin®.

Anaprox DS (Oral) Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor before using naproxen if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, blood disorders, or ulcers or other stomach problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not use this medicine during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Ulcers and stomach bleeding are sometimes caused by this type of medicine. These problems can happen without warning signs. You may need to see your doctor for regular check-ups while using this medicine.
  • You can buy naproxen without a doctor's prescription; but you should talk to your doctor before you start using it. Don't use the medicine for more than 10 days (if treating pain) or 3 days (if treating fever) unless you have talked to your doctor.

Anaprox DS (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe rash, hives, or itching
  • Rapid swelling of face or around eyes
  • Chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Unexplained fever or sore throat or fever
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Decreased amount of urine
  • Severe stomach pain or bloody vomit
  • Black, tarry or bloody stools
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Headache
  • Nausea, stomach cramps, or mild heartburn
  • Swelling of feet or legs or weight gain
  • Constipation or diarrhea

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