What is Naproxen (Naprosyn)?
Naprosyn, sold as Naproxen, is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat pain associated with arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis and other moderate to severe pain. Naproxen (naprosyn) is a prescription strength medication in the same class of drugs as ibuprofen, such as Motrin and Advil.
Common Side Effects of Naproxen
While Naproxen is generally well tolerated, treatment using naprosyn should be monitored. One of the most serious side effects is the development of ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Your doctor should also be notified if you notice itching, rash, hives, excessive swelling, upset stomach and fatigue or excessive drowsiness in conjunction with taking Naproxen. Those who take Naproxen, or naprosyn, for an extended period of time face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Lesser, but equally troubling side effects of naproxen, include lightheadedness, cold-like symptoms, gastrointestinal discomfort and dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia). These symptoms should be monitored, but may not be a reason to discontinue taking Naproxen.
Naproxen and Dry Mouth or Cotton Mouth
One of the most bothersome, non-life threatening side effects of naprosyn, or Naproxen, is dry mouth, which is also known as cotton mouth. Dry mouth and cotton mouth are both terms used to describe an uncomfortable, arid feeling in the mouth known as Xerostomia. Dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia) may make you feel dehydrated because it feels as if you have had nothing to drink for days. Xerostomia may also make your tongue feel thick, heavy and dry. Xerostomia (dry mouth) is often called cotton mouth because it feels as if you have been chewing on a mouthful of cotton, which has absorbed every molecule of moisture from your mouth and throat.
Prolonged dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia) caused by Naproxen, or naprosyn, may lead to a sore throat or mouth sores. If Xerostomia leads to either of these symptoms, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. Prolonged dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia) can lead to severe sore throat and may increase your chance of secondary inflammation or infection in your mouth. Xerostomia (dry mouth and cotton mouth) experienced over a long period of time can have serious effects on oral health. Xerostomia increases the chance of dental diseases like tooth decay, gum disease and oral infections.
How to Treat Dry Mouth or Cotton Mouth
Treat temporary dry mouth and cotton mouth by consuming sugarless candy or gum. Ice chips allowed to melt in your mouth may also be soothing. Saliva substitutes and sterile mint or lemon mouth swabs help stimulate saliva production and sooth the feeling of dry mouth or cotton mouth caused by Naproxen (naprosyn).
While hydration is not directly linked to the feeling of dry mouth and cotton mouth caused by Naproxen (naprosyn), it is important to stay well hydrated. It becomes difficult to distinguish real thirst from Xerostomia. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and avoid consuming too much caffeine. Caffeine leads to dehydration and exacerbates the feeling of dry mouth.
It is important to carefully monitor your use of Naproxen (naprosyn) and any persisting side effects, including dry mouth and cotton mouth (Xerostomia).
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