Vimovo (Naproxen – Esomeprazole MR)

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What is Vimovo tabs prescribed for?

Vimovo is prescribed for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It's recommended when there's a high risk of stomach bleeding/ulcers. It contains two medications: esomeprazole and naproxen. It is not used to treat sudden pain. Naproxen in Vimovo works slower due to a special coating. If you have chronic arthritis, talk to your doctor about non-drug treatments or other medications. Naproxen reduces pain and swelling but can cause stomach ulcers, especially if you've had them before. Esomeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), reduces stomach acid to lower the risk of ulcers or bleeding caused by naproxen.

Vimovo (Naproxen – Esomeprazole MR) Information

How should I take Vimovo?

Take this medication usually, take it twice a day, 30 minutes before a meal, with a full glass of water. Don't lie down for at least 10 minutes afterward. Swallow the tablet whole; don't crush or dissolve it. You can take antacids if needed.

Your doctor will determine the right amount based on your condition and how you respond to treatment. Children's dosage depends on their weight. Take the lowest effective dose for the shortest time to reduce side effects. Don't increase the dose, frequency, or duration without your doctor's approval.

Use this medication regularly at the same times each day to get the best results. It might take up to 2 weeks for it to work fully.

Read the Medication Guide from your pharmacist when you start and with each refill. If you have questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

If your condition doesn't improve or worsens, inform your doctor. Side effects become more likely with time. Ask your doctor how long you should continue taking the medication.

Talk to your doctor if you have a history of heart failure, heart attack or stroke. This may not be safe for you to take. You should be careful if you are pregnant or intending to become pregnant. It may harm an unborn baby or pass on breast milk.

Store at room temperature when not in use.

Vimovo drug interactions

The list provided below includes drugs that are recognized to interact with Vimovo. However, it is important to note that this is not an exhaustive compilation of all potential drug interactions.

Disclose all of your current medications, including prescription medications and OTC products, to your doctor. They will assess the potential interaction and determine whether it is beneficial to use both drugs together. If not, adjustments need to be made to your treatment plan.

Common Side effects of Vimovo?

Few known side effects of Vimovo tabs. Please note that this is not a complete list of all possible side effects of Vimovo.

  • indigestion
  • burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  • upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • cramping, pain, tenderness, or upset
  • loss of appetite
  • Blistering, peeling, or reddening of the skin
  • stomach bloating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Please inform your doctor about any side effects you experience. If you find these side effects difficult to manage, contact your doctor for medical advice.

Recommended dosage of Vimovo?

The recommended dosage of Vimovo can vary depending on your specific medical condition and your doctor's instructions. It's important to follow your doctor's guidance and the dosing instructions on the prescription label carefully.

Typically, Vimovo is taken once daily, usually with food, to reduce the risk of stomach irritation. Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose for your needs. Never take more or less than what your doctor has prescribed.

Vimovo (Naproxen – Esomeprazole MR) FAQs

Vimovo cost in Canada?

Vimovo 375 mg/20mg cost in Canada
- 60 tabs - $110.15 USD ($1.84 per tab)
- 120 tabs - $206.75 USD ($1.72 per tab)
- 180 tabs - $302.40 USD ($1.68 per tab)

How quickly does Vimovo start to work for pain relief?

Vimovo typically starts to provide pain relief within a few hours of taking it. The exact time can vary from person to person and depends on the severity of the pain and individual response. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and give the medication some time to take effect. If you don't experience relief within a reasonable timeframe, it's advisable to consult your healthcare provider for further guidance.

Can I crush or split Vimovo tablets if I have trouble swallowing them?

You should swallow Vimovo tablets whole. Consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you cannot swallow them. They can guide you on how to do it correctly.

Is Vimovo available over-the-counter?

No, Vimovo is not available over-the-counter. It is a prescription medication, so you will need a doctor's prescription to obtain it.

Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking Vimovo?

No, it is not safe to consume alcohol while taking Vimovo tabs. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach irritation and bleeding, which are potential side effects of Vimovo. It's important to follow your doctor's recommendations and avoid alcohol while using this medication to minimise potential risks and complications.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information. If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.