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Taking Naproxen and Crohn's disease

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My friend has crohns disease. She recently went to the doctor for her back he prescribed her with naproxin for pain. She is afraid to take it. She doesnt want her crohns to act up. Can she take this medication or call her doctor for something else?

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replied March 8th, 2010
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether naproxen may be consumed by individuals who experience Crohn's disease.

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) which is used in the treatment of pain and inflammation during rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis, for the management of pain and for management of primary dysmenorrhea (painful period). It has several gastrointestinal side effects including: heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and stomatitis.

According to the data that you described, it seems likely that your friend experiences Crohn's disease and back pain. She may consider taking naproxen only when experiencing severe pain. NSAIDs affect the stomach (gastric) lining more often and may cause ulcers and bleeding out. It usually doesn't affect the bowels, but may cause diarrhea as a side effect, which doesn't mean that Crohn's disease is reactivated (no microscopical changes of the intestine lining are reported in individuals with no underlying intestinal condition).

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please advise your friend to see her doctor for further advice and information about the usage of naproxen by individuals who experience Crohn's disease.

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