ANAPROX belongs to a family of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
ANAPROX relieves pain and reduces inflammation (swelling, redness and soreness) that may occur
Your doctor may have prescribed ANAPROX for another purpose.
Although ANAPROX can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why ANAPROX has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
ANAPROX is not addictive.
Do not take ANAPROX if you have an allergy to:
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or NSAID medicines. If you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines, ask your pharmacist.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:
If you are allergic to aspirin or NSAID medicines and take ANAPROX, these symptoms may be severe.
1. you are vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
2. you are bleeding from the rectum (back passage), have black sticky bowel motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea
3. you currently have a peptic ulcer (i.e. stomach or duodenal ulcer) or have had one previously
4. you are taking other medications which contain naproxen or naproxen sodium (e.g. Naprogesic®, Naprosyn®, Crysanal® or Inza®)
5. you have severe heart failure
Do not give ANAPROX to a child under the age of 2 years.
The safety and effectiveness of ANAPROX in children under 2 years of age has not been established.
Do not take ANAPROX if the package is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take ANAPROX if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to:
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
3. you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed
4. you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
5. you currently have an infection
6. you plan to have surgery
7. you are on a strict salt (or sodium) restricted diet
If you are not sure if you should be taking ANAPROX, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with ANAPROX. These include:
These medicines may be affected by ANAPROX, or may affect how well it works. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking ANAPROX.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about this list of medicines.
There is no specific information available to recommend the use of ANAPROX in children under 5 years.
Older people may be at more risk of developing stomach ulcers and hence your doctor may prescribe a lower dose.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Take ANAPROX exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Your doctor will tell you how many ANAPROX tablets to take each day.
The dose your doctor recommends depends on both the type and severity of pain and/or inflammation you have.
Sprains, strains and period pain
The recommended dose is 550 mg (one tablet) given initially, then 275 mg (half-a-tablet) every 6 to 8 hours as needed. The total dose in one day should not be more than 1375 mg (two and a half tablets).
The recommended dose is 825 mg (one and a half tablets) taken at the first sign of a migraine. An additional dose of 275 mg (half a tablet) to 550 mg (one tablet) can be taken at least one hour after the initial dose, if required. The total dose in one day should not be more than 1375 mg (two and a half tablets).
Different types of arthritis
The recommended dose is 550 mg (one tablet) to 1100 mg (two tablets) a day (divided in two doses).
Your doctor may recommend lower doses than these, it is always best to use the lowest effective dose for your condition.
Swallow ANAPROX tablets whole with a glass of water or milk.
Take the tablets during or immediately after food with a full glass of water or milk.
This may help reduce the possibility of an upset stomach.
Do not take ANAPROX for longer than your doctor says.
Depending on your condition, you may need to use ANAPROX, only once, for a few days, a few weeks or for longer periods.
For sprains and strains, ANAPROX is usually only needed for a few days.
As with other NSAID medicines, if you are using ANAPROX for arthritis, it will not cure your condition, but it should help to control pain, swelling and stiffness. If you have arthritis, ANAPROX should be taken every day for as long as your doctor prescribes.
For menstrual cramps (period pain), ANAPROX is usually taken during each period as soon as the cramps begin and continued for a few days until the pain goes away.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure how long to take ANAPROX for.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then continue taking it as you would normally.
Do not double a dose to make up for one you have missed.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ANAPROX. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much ANAPROX you may experience drowsiness, pain or tenderness in the stomach, stomach upset including nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, heartburn, indigestion or cramps.
If you become pregnant while taking ANAPROX, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking ANAPROX.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking any new medicines.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor you are taking ANAPROX.
If you are going to have any laboratory tests, tell your doctor that you are taking ANAPROX.
ANAPROX can affect the results of some of these tests.
If you get an infection while using ANAPROX, tell your doctor.
ANAPROX may hide some of the signs of an infection and may make you think, mistakenly, that you are better or that it is not serious. Signs of an infection may include fever, pain, swelling and redness.
Tell your doctor if for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective or change your treatment unnecessarily.
Tell your doctor if you feel the tablets are not helping your condition.
Do not give ANAPROX to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not use ANAPROX to treat other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ANAPROX affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, ANAPROX may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to ANAPROX before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or light-headedness may be worse.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ANAPROX.
ANAPROX helps most people with pain and inflammation but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These are more common side effects of ANAPROX. Mostly these are mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. Serious side effects are rare.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by these lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep your tablets protected from light.
Keep ANAPROX in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30 degrees C.
Do not store it, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep ANAPROX where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking ANAPROX, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
ANAPROX 550 is a dark blue capsule-shaped tablet with 'NPS 550' on one side.
ANAPROX comes in packs of 50.
ANAPROX tablets are lactose and gluten free.
ANAPROX is distributed by:
Roche Products Pty Limited
ABN 70 000 132 865
4 - 10 Inman Road
Dee Why NSW 2099
Customer enquiries: 1 800 233 950
Please check with your pharmacist for the latest Consumer Medicines Information.
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This leaflet was prepared on 04 April 2008