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Need medication for abdominal cramps

Can taking naproxen cause abdominal cramps?
I have severe back pain - scoliosis, degenerative disk disease, arthritis, 2 pinched nerves - all diagnosed through MRI. I am 61 years old. Found some naproxen and have been cramping for 2 days since starting?
Thu, 13 Mar 2014
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Naproxen can cause impaired gastric mucosal coat, resulting in increased effects of acid over gut, causing abdominal pain, rarely crampy.
As you have problems of spine that may require long term medication, you better choose safer alternatives after consulting an orthopedician.
Do not forget to tell that your gut is sensitive to pain killers. All the best.
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