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Medication prescribed:Oxaprozin is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Oxaprozin is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
How should this medicine be used:Oxaprozin comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day with food. To help you remember to take oxaprozin, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take oxaprozin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine:This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Special precautions:Before taking oxaprozin, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to oxaprozin, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin; cimetidine (Tagamet); diuretics ('water pills'); metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL); and ranitidine (Zantac). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. tell your doctor if you smoke or drink large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had stomach problems such as ulcers; high blood pressure; heart failure; blood clotting (coagulation) problems; or kidney or liver disease. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking oxaprozin, call your doctor. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking oxaprozin. plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Oxaprozin may make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
Special dietary instructions:Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Oxaprozin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: diarrhea constipation heartburn upset stomach vomiting gas or bloating stomach pain drowsiness difficulty sleeping painful or frequent urination Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately: black and tarry stools red blood in stools bloody vomit vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs unexplained weight gain yellowing of the skin or eyes skin rash itching hives fever lack of energy excessive tiredness loss of appetite pale skin difficulty breathing or swallowing ringing in the ears Oxaprozin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What storage conditions:Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Symptoms of overdose may include: lack of energy drowsiness upset stomach vomiting stomach pain difficulty breathing seizures coma
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to oxaprozin. Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking oxaprozin. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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