Esomeprazole; naproxen delayed release tablets
What is this medicine?
ESOMEPRAZOLE; NAPROXEN (es oh ME pray zol; na PROX en) is two medicines together. Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to treat the pain of arthritis. Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It is used to prevent stomach problems from the naproxen.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, chew, split, or dissolve. Take this medicine on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before a meal. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Long term, continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit
bone, muscle or joint pain
dark yellow or brown urine
difficulty breathing or wheezing
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded
fever or sore throat
nausea or vomiting
rash on cheeks or arms that gets worse in the sun
slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body
unexplained weight gain or swelling
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
fosphenytoin or phenytoin for seizures
medicines for blood pressure
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
medicines for stomach, or intestine problems, like acid reflux or GERD
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
other NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
St. John's Wort
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery within the past 2 weeks
drink more than 3 alcohol-containing beverages a day
high blood pressure
history of stomach bleeding
lung or breathing disease, like asthma
an unusual or allergic reaction to naproxen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, esomeprazole or other proton pump inhibitors, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not get better. Talk to your doctor before taking another medicine for pain. Do not treat yourself.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.
Do not take other medicines that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.
This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. These increase irritation to your stomach and can make it more susceptible to damage from this medicine. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
This medicine can cause you to bleed more easily. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B12 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
August 29, 2018