Can the elderly take naproxen?

Since naproxen can increase the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, and older people may be more sensitive to side effects, the elderly should not take naproxen without the advice of their doctor. The elderly are also more likely to have poor kidney function, so a lower dose may be necessary. NSAIDs like naproxen have been known to increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, especially in those with a personal history of heart problems.

Talk to your parent's doctor or pharmacist about alternative treatments for pain and inflammation, especially if your parent is at high risk.

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