During the treatment of alcoholism, a great importance is played by the change of the attitude of the patient to the active agent. Doctors correct abnormal connection, affect the mechanism of addiction. Naproxen is a substance that was created with the aim to block the receptors responsible for the occurrence of euphoria from ethanol.
Naproxen increases the number of sober days, reduces the number of breakdowns and the risk of uncontrolled taking even small amounts of alcohol. There is also reduced quantity of taken alcohol. Alcohol consumption, however, remains possible, and combination with alcohol intake does not cause danger.
The results of studies on the effectiveness of Naprosyn in treating alcoholism are not clearly unified, as in some studies the results of medical treatment did not differ from placebo. But studies tend to support the use of Naprosyn. In addition to the treatment of alcoholism, Naprosyn can be used for other purposes, but they are not considered in this article. Naprosyn should not be mixed with naloxone, which is used, in particular, to deter intravenous consumption of certain drugs.
Treatment with Naprosyn can be started even under the influence of alcohol. The recommended dose for adults is 50 mg of Naproxen hydrochloride once a day, preferably in the morning. The initial course should last for 3 months. The total duration of treatment is not limited. Naprosyn can be taken if necessary (holiday, vacation, passion for alcohol).
Treatment with Naprosyn should be started by a person who is competent in the treatment of alcoholism, and to be under control. During drug treatment you should learn to abstain from taking alcohol. So the course of treatment, especially early, should be long enough. You may use a small initial dose in order to reduce the harmful effects, after which it is gradually increased. The duration of treatment may be terminated at any time, as the drug does not cause dependence. Some patients should practice gradual dose reduction.
Naprosyn is not recommend for persons under 18 years of age and for the elderly because there is not enough researched information about the drug drug. Due to the lack of studies, the drug should not be taken during pregnancy and during lactation.
Naprosyn is a prescription drug. It can be purchased at a pharmacy with basic expenses only after receiving the doctor’s certificate of type “B”. The doctor’s certificate is required for pension institution (Kansaneläkelaitos), and it justifies the client’s need for treatment. Based on the report, pension institution can take a decision on partial compensation of cost of the drug. The premise of compensation is a supportive therapy along with medication. Compensation is allocated for 3 months at one time.
Properties of Naprosyn
Naprosyn is also suitable for long-term use. According to the Finnish study, Naprosyn reduced the amount of taken alcohol. Breakdowns also occurred more rarely. The maintenance therapy was of great importance along with medication. Naprosyn is prescribed when full sobriety is not provided.
Naprosyn is quickly absorbed and maximal blood levels are achieved in about an hour. In the body Naprosyn is converted to active products of metabolism, which contributes to lengthening the total time of the action. Therefore, the drug can be taken once a day. Naprosyn does not cause physical or psychological dependence, and the body gets used to it.
Harmful effects and joint action
During treatment with Naprosyn the most common adverse effects are nausea, anxiety and fatigue. There are also disorders of the stomach (diarrhea, constipation), depression, dizziness and erectile dysfunction. It should be noted that not all the harmful effects are caused by Naprosyn, but are connected with a reduction or termination of long alcohol use (hangover, weak general health). Naprosyn may have a negative impact on the ability to drive a vehicle and operate machinery. The function of liver is checked before and after the treatment with Naprosyn.
In any case, Naprosyn can not be taken in conjunction with opioid drugs intended for the soothing of the pain (eg. fentanyl, morphine) or opioid replacement drugs (buprenorfin, matador).