Minor aches and a possible low-grade fever preceded by a sore throat and runny nose? Sounds like you may be getting the common cold. Congestion, sinus pressure, muscle aches, headaches and other pains can impact one's daily life in a variety of ways, including motivation, productivity, and overall happiness. To combat these and regain some control of the pain, relief medications can help. Within the Cold FAid® kit, naproxen sodium is that medication ready to fight for you.
According to Webmd, there are two main types of pain relief medications, acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAID. Studies, such as this one, have shown that NSAIDs are effective in alleviating pain and fevers caused by colds. Naproxen Sodium, which you may see as the brand name Aleve, is a NSAID. Compared to other NSAIDs, naproxen sodium is effective to relieve pain using fewer doses throughout the day. During this study, researchers found that patients using naproxen experienced a 29% reduction in symptoms, specifically for headache, malaise, and myalgia. Unlike other NSAIDs, naproxen will relieve pain for up to 12 hours. Make sure not to take ibuprofen, commonly known as Advil or Motrin, when taking Naproxen Sodium as they are both NSAIDs.
Naproxen sodium works by halting the production of inflammation-producing natural substances called prostagandins. You experience reduced pain symptoms and fever. Tablets should be ingested every 8-12 hours while awake for the first 72 hours with a full glass of water (8oz). If needed, continue them for up to 7 days after the onset of a cold. Continue to stay hydrated throughout the day to optimize your kidney function with this medication.
There are risks with taking NSAIDs including increased risk of stomach bleeding, heart attacks, kidney damage, hearing changes, and strokes with prolonged use. Eating food before ingesting the tablet will help to reduce the chance of stomach aches and stomach ulcers. Avoid alcohol and tobacco as well as this increases the risk of severe gastrointestinal side effects.
Combining the use of zinc lozenges, antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and short-term use of pain relievers is the best way to combat a cold. By identifying cold symptoms quickly and beginning the Cold FAid® strategy, you will be on the road to recovery in no time!