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Naproxen and IBS
      #357057 - 03/27/10 07:19 PM
Naturapanic

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I was recently prescribed for costochontis Naproxen.
I have not started it yet because I wanted to know what the board thought.

I always am weary of new drugs, as they can exaggerbate IBS.
I know whatever that active ingredient in tylenol is (acet.....) can back me up.

Given my symptoms of IBS C and Bloating, is Naproxen safe or likely to make things worse?
If so, are there any safer alternatives?

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357067 - 03/28/10 06:07 AM
Janey

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I am IBS D and have taken low doses of Naproxen in the past sucessfully. About a month ago my doc prescribed 500mg of Naproxen twice a day for a shoulder problem. I was ok with it for a few days and then the stomach cramps started and D followed.

Sorry I am not more help with the C issue but thought I would share my experience from an IBS D suffers perspective.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357070 - 03/28/10 06:33 AM
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Google it and check the side effects. It has quite a few possible GI side effects. You will probably have to try it to see it cause any problems for you.

Out of curiousity is costochontis?

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357071 - 03/28/10 06:44 AM
dragonfly

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What are you taking it for?
I take it for Menstrual cramps but I have to make sure only on a full stomach.
No food means extremely bad stomach pain.....for days!

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357072 - 03/28/10 06:50 AM
Windchimes

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This condition is actually spelled costochronditis. My experience with high powered anti-inflammatories was total destruction to my gut function. For some it is this way, and apparently for others not. I just know that I personally cannot take these medications and remain healthy overall and functional gut-wise (IBS issues).

The interesting thing about our bodies is that it knows how to adjust and correct things all by itself (naturally), absent medication. All it needs is fresh air, water, and good nutrition. Explore those things, and allow your body to heal itself naturally. Get some exercise too... that being just something as a simple walk in the morning or after dinner. One does not have to run a marathon to be healthy overall...

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357076 - 03/28/10 10:12 AM
Janey

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I had a shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tendonitis. It was extremely painful and I got to the point where I couldn't life my arm high enough to shave and I couldn't hook my bra. I now have my range of motion back thanks to a cortisone injection, physical therapy and anit-inflammatories. It only took about a month. I still have some pain but I can live with it.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357077 - 03/28/10 10:17 AM
Janey

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I do not like to take medication but I find at this point in my life I have some physical things going on that I have to. I don't think it is always possible for our bodies to heal themselves with fresh air, water and good nutrition. Sometimes we just have to resort to taking meds for certain conditions.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357085 - 03/28/10 11:23 AM
Windchimes

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This condition is actually spelled costochondritis:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/DS00626

High powered anti-inflammatories are known to tear up the gut and cause lots of digestive problems if not well tolerated. Not many of us have guts made of iron. IBSers are already extremely sensitive to processing many things internally, including vitamin tablets. I take liquid vitamins now and they work well.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357107 - 03/28/10 02:00 PM
Naturapanic

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I've googled the side effects which has me worried.
I don't know if I should try it or call the doc for an alternative.
All I know is I need something for costochondritis.

I already have the Rx filled, but unopened.
Should I try it or talk to my doc?
If this causes IBS to worsen, are there any safer alternatives to correct this kind of pain?

I know some of you have said you took it for shoulder or other issues, just wondering what else might be an option.

Thanks.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357110 - 03/28/10 02:23 PM
Janey

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Call your doctor and talk about your concerns with naproxen. I am sure he/she can call in another prescription for you for a different anti-inflammatory. Sometimes it is trial and error to find something that you can take that will help with the pain and won't make your IBS symptoms worse.

My sister has this and it was very painful. I hope you find an anti-inflammatory that works for your pain and doesn't effect your IBS.

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Naproxen is the worst! new
      #357114 - 03/28/10 07:35 PM
Little Minnie

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Naproxen (Aleve) is so hard on the stomach. It had me in tears last time I took it and forgot what happened the first time. It will cause severe stomach pain!
Ibuprofen for me is ok. I try to avoid taking it as much as I can, but with an injury or something I am fine with it on a full stomach.

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"You absolutely must eat insoluble fiber foods, and as much as safely possible, but within the IBS dietary guidelines. Treat insoluble fiber foods with suitable caution, and you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of them, in very healthy quantities, without problem." Please eat IF foods!

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don't take them new
      #357117 - 03/28/10 07:44 PM
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Either take advil or tylenol but not Aleve. Doctors love giving that perscription but it is murder on the stomach.

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"You absolutely must eat insoluble fiber foods, and as much as safely possible, but within the IBS dietary guidelines. Treat insoluble fiber foods with suitable caution, and you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of them, in very healthy quantities, without problem." Please eat IF foods!

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Re: don't take them new
      #357119 - 03/28/10 08:07 PM
Lisa Marie

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Personally, I think you should just try it. Aleve has never bothered me, whereas ibuprofen definitely does if I take it long term. We are all different, and unfortunately, you just won't know until you try!

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Muscle relaxants and aspirin new
      #357122 - 03/28/10 09:08 PM
Sand

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Based on a quick search it looks like muscle relaxants may help and it seems like they would be a particularly good idea if the pain is causing you to lose sleep. Of course they may have GI side-effects also.

Somewhat tangentially as a wider question: what about aspirin? It is an anti-inflammatory, right? I always tolerated it well. Do doctors just never use it nowadays or is it not as effective an anti-inflammatory as NSAIDs?



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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357126 - 03/29/10 06:14 AM
dragonfly

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I would try it on a full stomach or try Advil.I do not take tylenol as it does bother my stomach.
Even advil on an empty stomach will bother me but it is better than tylenol.
I only use Naproxen if the pain is REALLY bad otherwise it is Advil.

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Re: Naproxen and IBS new
      #357140 - 03/29/10 01:03 PM
Naturapanic

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OK...I will try it and see what happens.

1) If it doesn't work, what options might be out there to treat w/o hurting IBS?

2) LM...how long did it take for you to recover?

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Re: Muscle relaxants and aspirin new
      #357148 - 03/29/10 08:12 PM
Little Minnie

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I don't think aspirin or tylenol are anti-inflammatories. I can't bet on that.

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"You absolutely must eat insoluble fiber foods, and as much as safely possible, but within the IBS dietary guidelines. Treat insoluble fiber foods with suitable caution, and you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of them, in very healthy quantities, without problem." Please eat IF foods!

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Re: Muscle relaxants and aspirin new
      #357149 - 03/30/10 05:25 AM
Syl

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Aspirin was the first nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) found. It is a very effective anti-inflammatory.

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