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What should I know about naproxen before taking it?

Naproxen, marketed in slightly different forms under the names Naprosyn, Anaprox, and Anaprox DS, may raise your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Naproxen may also cause ulcers, bleeding, or holes in your stomach or intestines. The longer you take naproxen, the greater your risk of complications. Heavy drinkers, older people, and those with heart disease are at greater risk of complications.

Taking these drugs shortly before or after coronary artery bypass graft surgery may cause complications. Your doctor will perform blood tests and other procedures to check how these drugs are affecting your body.

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