Naproxen, Heart Health and Blood Pressure

What are the risks associated with taking naproxen?

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What are the risks associated with taking naproxen?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medications that are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation. These drugs can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. You should only take the dose you need for a limited amount of time to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.[1]

  • What does naproxen do to your heart?

What can I take instead of naproxen? Ibuprofen at low doses (up to 1200mg per day) is an alternative to naproxen. However, taking ibuprofen at higher dosages (up to the recommended maximum of 2400mg/day) is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events. If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, you should use NSAIDs with caution.

If you have a heart condition, can you take naproxen?

Naproxen may pose the lowest risk. However, for a person at risk for heart problems who also has arthritis or musculoskeletal discomfort and needs an NSAID, naproxen at the lowest possible dose is a reasonable choice.[2]

  • Can I take naproxen with a heart condition?

Does naproxen contain ibuprofen? Aleve does not contain ibuprofen. You should not take Aleve with ibuprofen or any other pain reliever/fever reducer. Do not take Aleve if you have an allergy to pain relievers/fever reducers.

What are the risks of taking naproxen?

Naproxen has been associated with significant increases in blood pressure. Blood pressure is a well-known risk factor for stroke.[3]

  • Can naproxen cause a stroke?

Is naproxen the same as aspirin? Can Aspirin and Anaprox be used interchangeably? Both Aspirin and Anaprox are NSAIDs used to manage pain and inflammation. Aspirin is used to treat fever, prevent blood clots, and reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

What are the effects of naproxen on heart rate?

The most serious reaction from this would be very fast and irregular breathing, gasping for breath, or fainting. Other signs may include:

  • changes in color of the skin of the face
  • very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • hive-like swellings on the skin
puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes.[4]

Can naproxen cause fast heart rate?Can naproxen make your heart race?
Can naproxen cause eye swelling?Can naproxen cause swelling eyes?

Can naproxen mess up your period? A: Anti-inflammatories reduce the production of pain-causing chemicals called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause the uterus to contract and expel the endometrium (uterine lining) each month. The most that anti-inflammatories can do is delay your period for a day or two.

What are the side effects of naproxen?

Researchers are warning doctors today that common, over-the-counter pain meds may not be as safe as previously thought. Prescribing NSAIDs appears to be linked with an increased risk for a common heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation, reported researchers in Taiwan.[5]

  • Can naproxen cause irregular heartbeat?

Can I drink alcohol while taking naproxen 500 mg? You should not drink alcohol while taking naproxen because it could increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding caused by naproxen. If you are experiencing any bleeding in your stomach or intestines, you should call your doctor right away. This includes stools that are black, bloody, or tarry; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or bloody diarrhea.

Is it safe to take naproxen if you have heart problems?

NSAID pain relievers, such as naproxen and ibuprofen, can help relieve pain. If you have atrial fibrillation, you are at risk for blood clots and stroke. Blood thinners can help lower this risk. However, NSAIDs can interfere with blood thinners. NSAIDs include common pain relievers naproxen (Aleve®) and ibuprofen (Advil®).[6]

  • Can you take naproxen if you have heart problems?

What are the effects of naproxen on the heart?

The FDA has noted the following ibuprofen warnings and naproxen warnings. They have also noted similar risks of other NSAIDs. These risks include an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, even with short-term use. The risk may begin within a few weeks of starting to take an NSAID.[7]

  • How does naproxen affect the heart?
  • Can naproxen affect your heart?
  • Does naproxen affect the heart?

No, naproxen is not a statin.

NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, include aspirin and ibuprofen. Examples of statins include Zocor, Lipitor, Pravachol, and Crestor.[8]

  • Is naproxen a statin?

What are the risks of taking naproxen?

Naproxen sodium, the active ingredient in Aleve, may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than ibuprofen. However, to date, there is no conclusive evidence to support this supposition.[9]

  • Is naproxen safe for the heart?
  • Is naproxen bad for your heart?

Is naproxen safe for people with high blood pressure?

Acetaminophen or aspirin can be used for over-the-counter pain relief by people who have high blood pressure. You should not use ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen sodium unless your health care provider has said it's OK. If neither aspirin nor acetaminophen help with your pain, call your doctor.[10]

  • Can you take naproxen when you have high blood pressure?
  • Can naproxen be taken with blood pressure medication?

Does naproxen have an effect on blood pressure?

NSAIDs can also increase your risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in higher doses. Some NSAIDs that can raise blood pressure are Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve, and Naprosyn.[11]

Does naproxen 500 mg raise blood pressure?Does naproxen sodium affect blood pressure?
Can naproxen cause hypertension?Can naproxen cause high blood pressure?

What is the interaction between naproxen and blood pressure medication?

Other NSAIDs like Naproxen sodium may be associated with small increases in blood pressure. NSAIDs may weaken the effects of common types of blood pressure medicine, including diuretics.

  • Does naproxen interact with blood pressure meds?

Can naproxen affect blood pressure?

The capacity for NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and others, to increase blood pressure has been noted. The average increase is small, but the actual amount of increase can vary greatly among individuals. This effect typically occurs at doses used for pain relief and reduction of inflammation.[12]

  • Does naproxen raise blood pressure?
  • Does naproxen make your blood pressure go up?

How does naproxen affect blood pressure?

The mean 24-hour systolic BP increased by 3.7 mmHg in ibuprofen users, 1.6 mmHg in naproxen users, and decreased by 0.3 mmHg in celecoxib users. Among people with normal baseline BP, hypertension developed in significantly more ibuprofen users than users of naproxen or celecoxib. This was true for 23.2% of ibuprofen users, 19.0% of naproxen users, and 10.3% of celecoxib users.[13]

  • How much does naproxen raise BP?

What are the risks of taking naproxen if you have high blood pressure?

The safest medicine is the best choice. Do not use over-the-counter ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or ketoprofen for pain relief unless your doctor has told you it's OK. You should use a painkiller that is less likely to increase your blood pressure, such as aspirin or acetaminophen.[14]

  • Is it safe to take naproxen with high blood pressure?

References

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/expert-answers/nsaids-heart-attack-stroke/faq-20147557
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/pain-relief-thats-safe-for-your-heart-
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3888349/
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/naproxen-oral-route/precautions/drg-20069820
  5. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/nsaids-increase-risk-irregular-heartbeat-study/story?id=53903790
  6. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/heart-patients-3-common-medications-you-may-need-to-avoid/
  7. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-strengthens-warning-that-nsaids-increase-heart-attack-and-stroke-risk-201507138138
  8. https://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20080218/statins-nsaids-vs-prostate-cancer
  9. https://www.rn.com/nursing-news/naproxen-and-the-heart-jurys-still-out/
  10. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/everyday-pain-relief-high-blood-pressure
  11. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/medications-cause
  12. https://www.medicinenet.com/high_blood_pressure_everyday_pain_relief/views.htm
  13. https://www.the-rheumatologist.org/article/ibuprofen-likely-raise-bp-naproxen-celecoxib/
  14. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/tip-sheet-high-blood-pressure-pain-relievers

Naproxen

  • Effective pain relief
  • Works for aches, pains and inflammation
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
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  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Helps to ease joint stiffness
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