Feldene vs. Naproxen (Anaprox)

Are Feldene and Naproxen (Anaprox) the Same Thing?

Feldene (piroxicam) and naproxen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to relieve the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Naproxen (Anaprox) is also used for pain management for many diseases, and inflammatory diseases such as tendonitis, bursitis, and gout.

Brand names for Naproxen (Anaprox) include Naprosyn, EC-Naprosyn, and Anaprox/Anaprox DS.

Side effects of Feldene and naproxen that are similar include stomach/abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion/heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, gas, nausea, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching or rash, blurred vision, and ringing in your ears.

Side effects of Feldene that are different from naproxen include fluid retention, loss of appetite, vomiting, ulcers, gross bleeding/perforation, and elevated liver enzymes.

Both Feldene and naproxen may interact with alcohol, antidepressants, blood thinners, lithium, methotrexate, diuretics (water pills), steroids, and aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Feldene may also interact with ACE inhibitors.

Naproxen (Anaprox) may also interact with antacids, cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, pemetrexed, seizure medications, probenecid, heart or blood pressure medications, and insulin or oral diabetes medicines.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Feldene?

Common side effects of Feldene include:

  • swelling,
  • anorexia,
  • abdominal pain,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • indigestion,
  • heartburn,
  • upset stomach,
  • stomach pain,
  • elevated liver enzymes,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • gross bleeding/perforation,
  • heartburn,
  • nausea,
  • ulcers (gastric/duodenal),
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • skin itching or rash,
  • blurred vision,
  • ringing in your ears, and
  • vomiting.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Naproxen (Anaprox)?

Common side effects of Naproxen (Anaprox) include:

  • heartburn,
  • stomach or abdominal pain,
  • upset stomach,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • skin rash,
  • headache,
  • blurred vision,
  • ringing in your ears, and
  • itching.

What Is Feldene?

Feldene (piroxicam) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Naproxen (Anaprox)?

Naproxen is considered a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is used for pain management for many diseases, arthritic diseases, and inflammatory diseases such as tendonitis, bursitis, and gout.

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What Drugs Interact With Feldene?

Feldene may interact with alcohol, antidepressants, blood thinners, lithium, methotrexate, diuretics (water pills), steroids, aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or ACE inhibitors. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with Feldene; it may harm a fetus. Taking Feldene during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the fetus. Do not take Feldene during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to. Feldene can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Naproxen (Anaprox)?

Naproxen may interact with antidepressants, blood thinners, lithium, methotrexate, diuretics (water pills), steroids, aspirin or other NSAIDs, or heart or blood pressure medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Naprosyn may cause premature closing of the ductus arteriosus in the fetus and does enter breast milk; avoidance of the drug in pregnant and breastfeeding women is suggested.

How Should Feldene Be Taken?

For the relief of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the recommended dose of Feldene is 20 mg given orally once per day. If desired, the daily dose may be divided.

How Should Naproxen (Anaprox) Be Taken?

Naproxen is available in several doses and drug configurations; Naproxen tablets with strengths of 250, 375 and 500 mg and as an oral suspension containing 125 mg Naproxen per 5 ml of liquid, EC-Naproxen (delayed release to reduce gastric irritation) with strengths of 375 and 500 mg, Anaprox in 275 mg tablets, Anaprox DS in 550 mg tablets. Almost all Naproxen drugs are recommended to be dosed twice per day (every 12 hours) with children's doses (strength in mg per Kg) based on the child's weight, also twice a day with a maximum dose of 15 mg per Kg per day.

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References
SOURCE:

Pfizer. Feldene Prescribing Information.

https://www.pfizermedicalinformation.com/en-us/feldene/dosage-admin


Dailymed. Naprosyn Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=8bff5df5-d856-4237-b6a8-ae445b454844

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