Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve, Mediproxen are the brand names available for Nurolasts in the US.
4. How and when to take it
Always take your Nurolasts tablets with or just after a meal so you don't get an upset stomach.
As a general rule in adults, the dose to treat:
- diseases of joints is 500mg to 1,000mg a day in 1 or 2 doses
- muscle, bone disorders and painful periods is 500mg at first, then 250mg every 6 to 8 hours as required
- attacks of gout is 750mg, then 250mg every 8 hours until the attack has passed
Doses are usually lower for elderly people and people with heart, liver or kidney problems.
The doctor will use your child's weight to work out the right dose.
If you get Nurolasts on prescription, the dose depends on the reason why you're taking it, your age, how well your liver and kidneys work, and how well it helps your symptoms.
If you buy Nurolasts from a pharmacy for painful menstrual periods:
- on the first day - take 2 tablets when the pain starts, then after 6 to 8 hours take 1 more tablet that day if you need to
- on the second and following days - take 1 tablet every 6 to 8 hours if needed
Common side effects
The following table from the Nurolasts monograph lists the most common side effects grouped by body system. The side effects in this table occur in approximately 3 to 9 percent of people.
Before taking Nurolasts
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking Nurolasts, it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you have asthma or any other allergic disorder.
- If you have ever had a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breast-feeding.
- If you are over 65 years of age.
- If you have liver or k >
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about any drugs you take, including other prescription drugs, other OTC drugs, and any vitamins, dietary supplements or herbal remedies.
Certain drugs are known to interact with Nurolasts and may cause problems:
- Nurolasts may interact with several types of blood pressure medications and make them less effective.
- Some types of antacids medications may make Nurolasts less effective.
- Nurolasts should be taken very carefully with other NSAIDs, including aspirin.
- Nurolasts may reduce the effectiveness of some diuretics.
- Nurolasts may enhance the toxicity of lithium and increase the risk for lithium side effects.
- Nurolasts may increase the level of the drug methotrexate and increase the risk for methotrexate side effects.
- The blood thinner warfarin may be more likely to cause GI (stomach) bleeding when combined with Nurolasts.
- Nurolasts may be more likely to cause GI bleeding when combined with antidepressant drugs called SSRIs.
What is Nurolasts, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Nurolasts belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. They work by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, chemicals that are responsible for pain, fever, and inflammation. Nurolasts blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. Nurolasts was approved by the FDA in December 1991.
Taking warfarin with Nurolasts increases your risk of stomach and intestinal bleeding.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- how severe your condition is
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose