Is Naproxen effective for haemorrhoids? 

Is Naproxen effective for haemorrhoids? 

Naproxen is considered an effective painkiller for the management of pain and anal swelling associated with haemorrhoids. However, Naproxen can’t treat haemorrhoids. 

This is often known as ‘symptomatic treatment’ and it does not manage the root cause of your haemorrhoids, which is mostly constipation and hard stools. 

However, Naproxen should only be used as needed, and you shouldn’t make it a regular thing unless your healthcare provider recommends it. Generally, Naproxen can take some time to work for managing pain and inflammation associated with haemorrhoids, depending on the severity of these symptoms. 

Side effects of Naproxen use in haemorrhoid treatment

Naproxen is associated with a number of side effects, but you may not experience them if you use this medication occasionally. Some of the common side effects associated with this NSAID are(1):

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Acid reflux 
  • Gas 
  • Dizziness 
  • Lightheadedness 

The most important concern with Naproxen is the risk of gastrointestinal side effects caused by this medication. If you already have an upset stomach, I don’t recommend taking Naproxen for haemorrhoids. 

Prolonged use of this NSAID can cause dangerous side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration, stomach or intestinal perforation, etc. 

Precautions and contraindications for Naproxen use in haemorrhoid treatment

Naproxen is a good OTC painkiller and is quite effective, but not every other individual can take this medication. These include(2):

  • People who recently had a heart attack or stroke
  • People with gastric or duodenal ulcers. 
  • Those who have surgery coming up.
  • People who are taking blood thinners or anticoagulants 
  • People taking antidepressants
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • People with severe liver disease 
  • People who are allergic to NSAIDs 
  • People who are already taking some other painkillers, unless recommended by their GP. 

Alternatives to Naproxen for haemorrhoids

Other Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be used, if not Naproxen, for the management of pain and swelling caused by haemorrhoids. 

However, there are plenty of other topical pain relief options if you’re more sensitive to the effects of Naproxen or NSAIDs in general. Topical ointments containing Lidocaine or some other local anaesthetic can help numb the pain before or after a bowel movement. 

For proper management of haemorrhoids, you should consult your healthcare provider and get yourself physically examined for a better understanding of the severity of your haemorrhoids and for determining the best treatment measures. 

One important thing to always remember if you have haemorrhoids is to keep your fibre intake sufficient. Haemorrhoids can take a few days to some weeks to heal, and one thing that can help your condition the most is easy bowel movement. 

Make sure you drink plenty of water and have an adequate fibre intake to keep constipation at bay. 

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