Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops
An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops
According to research revealed at the 2015 European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress meeting, many women stop ovulating after taking standard...
Read More
Do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of heart disease?
Dawn MarcusDawn Marcus
There have been reports of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) being linked to a sligh...
More Answers
What is celecoxib?
Dr. Scott D. Martin, MDDr. Scott D. Martin, MD
Celecoxib (Celebrex) is in a class of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs...
More Answers
Are Steroid Injections for Back Pain Safe?
Are Steroid Injections for Back Pain Safe?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.