• Tisha Tisha
    April 03, 2009
    How many Naproxen can you safely take at one time?
    Tisha Tisha
    April 03, 2009

    I have 500 mg Naproxen tablets. How many can I safely take at once?



  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    April 04, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    April 04, 2009

    500 mg is the most that should be taken at any one time, with a maximum of 1500 mg per day.  It should not be taken on a regular basis for more than 6 months.


    Naproxen has some pretty serious black-box warnings on it, so it's important not to take any more than necessary and to use it for the shortest duration possible.  Following are the black-box warnings: 

    Cardiovascular Risk:
    Naproxen may increase the risk of serious and potentially fatal cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, and stroke; risk may increase with duration of use; possible increased risk if patient has cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular disease risk factors; contraindicated for Coronary-Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery peri-operative pain.

    GI Risk:
    Naproxen increases the risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and stomach or intestine perforation, which can be fatal; may occur at any time during use and without warning signs; elderly patients are at greater risk for serious GI events.
    If this medication won't relieve your pain it's important to talk to your doctor about other medications. In the meantime, these articles may give you other pain-relieving ideas.


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