A 49-year-old female asked:
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told my doc that naproxen is beginning to hurt my stomach. she gave me vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) to soothe it, like a zantac effect. should i only use the vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) now?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
NSAID gastritis: NSAIDS (eg.naproxen, ibuprofen) can irritate the stomach, causing gastritis (inflammation) or ulcers.If on NSAIDs for a lengthy time or get stomach pain on them, physicians typically stop it, or recommend H2 blocker (eg ranitidine/Zantac etc) or proton pump inhibitor (eg esomeprazole/Nexium etc) for stomach protection for duration of treatment w NSAID.Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) is naproxen/esomeprazole in same pill.
Answered on Aug 21, 2014
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Dr. Gargi Kundu
Dr. Gargi Kundu commented
Specializes in Medical Oncology
Agree with Dr. Puppala. I would recommend avoiding any NSAIDs for long period. Also did your doctor test you for a stomach bacteria called H Pylori? As that bacteria can make gastritis worse along with NSAIDs. Also have you tried other pain meds like Tylenol etc? Also make sure you had proper radiologic studies[MRI/Xray] etc if the pain is there for a long time.Also meds like Gabapentin can help.
Aug 21, 2014

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