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    My 15 year old sister took 8 naproxen.
    What will happen to her?

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    What happens if you take too much naproxen?
  3. she'll be ok, the toxic dose is way beyond that. that said, it's a horrible idea to take too many of those routinely, it tears up the lining of your stomach and will cause ulcers.

    also, why would she take that many. she may need psychiatric evaluation.

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    she should be fine, that isnt too many...but wait, is she suicidal?sorry to ask.. why did she drink that much anyway?you should watch her.

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    Naproxyn is a thinning agent , including thinning of tissue .
    One 30 yr old male ended up with a brain hemorrhage and in a comma for months from too much naproxyn .

    Toxicity is NOT the only bad side effect .

    Prolonged exposure can even lead to GI lesions .

    But big question is Why your sister did something soooooo stupid ?
    Was this a suicide attempt or just in severe pain .


  6. I accidently took 6 in 4 hours bc i didnt know that ibuprofen was the same thing and wound up in the hospital

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    @eskimocat88 You overdosed on Aleve? You would have to take more than 6 at once to do that. Maybe your allergic to them tho so ill give you the benefit, btw its not the same thing as ibuprophen, its the same thing as Aleve. It is Aleve. @bebs "why did she drink that much anyway" it didnt say she drank anything. And finally @darenh58 tell your parents. She needs to know not to do things like that and if it had been something more toxic like oxy it would have killed her. I learned a very long time ago to never take something if you dont know what it is, or you dont know what it will do to you. I learned the hard way.

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    @darenh58, that depends on your sisters health. Is she in good health? Does she have good renal function and hepatic function? If she has a seriously compromised renal or hepatic system it COULD pose a problem. To give a solid answer we need some more health information on your sister.

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    Here's what Rxlist has to say about Naproxen overdosage:

    Significant naproxen overdosage may be characterized by lethargy, dizziness, drowsiness, epigastric pain, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, transient alterations in liver function, hypoprothrombinemia, renal dysfunction, metabolic acidosis, apnea, disorientation or vomiting. Gastrointestinal bleeding can occur. Hypertension, acute renal failure, respiratory depression, and coma may occur, but are rare. Anaphylactoid reactions have been reported with therapeutic ingestion of NSAIDs, and may occur following an overdose. Because naproxen sodium may be rapidly absorbed, high and early blood levels should be anticipated. A few patients have experienced convulsions, but it is not clear whether or not these were drug-related. It is not known what dose of the drug would be life threatening.

    It doesn't say what amount is considered overdosage. But certainly 8 would be supra-therapeutic. I have taken 6 or 7 200mg naproxen at a time with zero side effects, however, so I would presume that if your sister is in good health (without compromised kidney function) she should probably be fine, aside from a little stomach discomfort or heartburn.

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    It doesn't say what amount is considered overdosage.
    From the NSAIDs dosage table, the maximum dose of Naproxen is 1375 mg per day. The TS failed to indicate the type of naproxen her sister took. However, supposed she took the smallest dosage form of 250mg, taking 8 of those would mean she has a total of 2000mg of Naproxen in her system which is way too much from the maximum daily dose for the drug.

  11. I had a friend who got very very sick from taking too much Naproxen. She almost died and was in the hospital 2 days. Try not to take more than recommended.

  12. Naproxen is a non opiate pain reliever, you will not be able to "get high" on it. Do not take it recreationally. It's terrible for your liver when taken in excess.

  13. Take Naproxen exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended.

    EC-Naprosyn is a slower-acting form of naproxen and this brand should be used only for treating arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Follow your doctor's instructions.

    Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release or enteric-coated tablet. Swallow the pill whole. The extended-release pill is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. The enteric-coated pill has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill could damage this coating. Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

    If you take naproxen for a long period of time, your doctor may want to check you on a regular basis to make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

    Store naproxen at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

    See also: Naproxen dosage (in more detail)
    What happens if I miss a dose?

    Since naproxen is sometimes taken only when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
    What happens if I overdose?

    Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
    What should I avoid while taking naproxen?

    Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to naproxen (such as ibuprofen or ketoprofen). If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of this type of medication. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin, ibuprofen, or ketoprofen. Do not drink alcohol while taking naproxen. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding caused by naproxen. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Naproxen can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, and a sunburn may result. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when you are outdoors.
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    Naproxen side effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to naproxen: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking naproxen and seek medical attention or call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:


    chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;

    black, bloody, or tarry stools;

    coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;

    swelling or rapid weight gain;

    urinating less than usual or not at all;

    nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

    fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;

    bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness; or

    fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple spots on the skin, and/or seizure (convulsions).

    Less serious naproxen side effects may include:


    upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation;

    bloating, gas;

    dizziness, headache, nervousness;

    skin itching or rash;

    blurred vision; or

    ringing in your ears.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    See also: Naproxen side effects (in more detail)
    What other drugs will affect naproxen?

    Tell your doctor if you are taking an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), or venlafaxine (Effexor). Taking any of these drugs with naproxen may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

    Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:


    a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);

    lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);

    methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);

    diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide (Lasix);

    steroids (prednisone and others);

    aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), meloxicam (Mobic), piroxicam (Feldene), and others; or

    an ACE inhibitor such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), ramipril (Altace), and others.

    This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with naproxen. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
    More Naproxen resources

    * Naproxen Side Effects (in More Detail)
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    Where can I get more information?

    * Your pharmacist can provide more information about naproxen.

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    Nothing happened to that much, Just a little head change. Then the stomach pain. So not anything extra..!

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