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Daypro (Oxaprozin)

General Information

Daypro (Oxaprozin) is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This may also be used in pediatric patients as young as 6 years for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). This drug reduces stiffness, pain, and inflammation.


How does Daypro (Oxaprozin) work?

The anti-inflammatory effect of Daypro (Oxaprozin) is believed to be due to inhibition of cyclooxygenase in platelets. In which it is the one that leads to the blockage of prostaglandin synthesis. Antipyretic effects may be due to action on the hypothalamus. In which it results in increased peripheral blood flow, vasodilation, and subsequent heat dissipation. This medication is a non-selective NSAID.

Daypro (Oxaprozin) works by decreasing the levels of prostaglandins and chemicals that are responsible for fever, pain, and inflammation. This medication blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandins. As a result, fever, inflammation, and pain are reduced.


Why use Daypro (Oxaprozin)?

Daypro (Oxaprozin) belongs to the group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This is available as caplets of 600mg for oral administration. This was originally approved in the year 1992 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


How to use Daypro (Oxaprozin)?

The recommended dosage for this medication depends on your condition and response.

Daypro (Oxaprozin) is usually taken once a day with 600mg or 1200mg as the starting dose. The maximum dose is 1800mg daily. The total daily dose may be divided into multiple doses if single daily doses are not tolerated. Take this medication with food or milk. Take it at the same time each day. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the drug.

What are the side-effects of Daypro (Oxaprozin)?

  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Urination problems
  • Swelling
  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Ringing in your ears


Warnings and Precautions

  • Do not stop taking this medication without talking with your doctor.
  • You should not give this to anyone else even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • This may make you feel dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving or do anything that needs your alertness.
  • If you are breastfeeding women or pregnant, consult your doctor first.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Tell also your doctor if you have any medical history especially of asthma, liver disease, or heart disease.
  • Limit your time in the sun. this medication may make you more sensitive to the sun.