Vimovo is an oral tablet consisting of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug called naproxen and a proton pump inhibitor called esomeprazole. We carry the brand choice of Vimovo in 375mg/20mg and 500mg/20mg!
Vimovo is prescribed to treat the signs of symptoms of a few different conditions. Vimovo is prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a condition where your immune system attacks the joint linings, affecting the joints in areas such as the hands, wrists, or knees. Osteoarthritis, another condition Vimovo is used to treat, is a common form of arthritis caused by the wear-away of cartilage in the joints (which protects the bones from rubbing together) and affects areas such as the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is when the joints are swollen, stiff, and painful, typically affecting the knees, hands, and feet; another condition treatable with Vimovo. Finally, Vimovo may be used to treat ankylosing spondylitis when there is a high risk for stomach bleeding/ulcer.
Vimovo (Esomeprazole/Naproxen) is effective at treating the joint-related conditions because as a NSAID, this drug can reduce substances that cause the pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also a proton pump inhibitor, which means it can decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach, which may be a cause of some joint-related conditions.
Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not take more or less of a dose than directed. For the full benefit of the medication, ensure you take it regularly and create a routine by taking it around the same time every day.
Swallow the tablet whole and avoid chewing, crushing, or breaking it open. Ensure you do not eat for at least 30 minutes following the dose.
Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of moisture, heat, and light.
Do not use Vimovo (esomeprazole/naproxen)
Do not use this medication if you have recently had a heart bypass surgery.
Do not use Vimovo if you are allergic to esomeprazole (Nexium) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or if you are also allergic to similar medicines, have had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID, or if you also take HIV medicine that contains rilpivirine.
This medication is not approved for those who are younger than 12 years old or weigh less than 38kg/84lb
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach or intestinal bleeding after taking an NSAID, liver or kidney disease, low levels of magnesium in the blood, or if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Even with no previous risk factors, your risk for a fatal heart attack or stroke is increased when taking Vimovo.
Naproxen, an active ingredient in Vimovo, can cause kidney problems or internal stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can become fatal. Watch for signs of kidney problems or stomach or intestinal bleeding (see side effects) while taking this medication.
This medication may cause new or worsening symptoms of lupus, Watch for signs (see side effects) and tell your doctor if you think you have new or worsening lupus.
You may be more likely to break a bone when being treated with this medication for longer periods od time or more than once per day.
Taking this medication while pregnant risks harming your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. It also may not be safe to breast feed while using this medication; consult your doctor if you are breast feeding.
Common side effects of Vimovo (esomeprazole/naproxen) may include:stomach discomfort; or diarrhea.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Vimovo (esomeprazole/naproxen) may include:severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
liver problems: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
kidney problems: little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
low magnesium: dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling;
new or worsening symptoms of lupus: joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight;
stomach or intestinal bleeding: bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
heart problems: swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
low red blood cells (anemia): pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating.
What is Vimovo?
This medication is generally used to treat signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis especially if there is a high risk of stomach bleeding or an ulcer. This medication contains two different drugs: Esomeprazole and Naproxen. When taken, Naproxen reduces the pain, swelling and joint stiffness. Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that blocks out the acid production in the stomach. This medication comes in two different strengths which are 375mg/20mg and 500mg/20mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.
How long does it take for Vimovo to work?
It may take up to two weeks before you see the full benefits of this medication. If you don’t see any changes after the two week period you should then speak with your doctor regarding the matter.
How long does Vimovo stay in your system?
As to how long this medication stays in your system also depends on what dose you are taking. However, a typical evening dose has an elimination half-life of 15 hours. So it may take a day and a bit more for this medication to be completely disposed of from your system.
How much does Vimovo cost?
Unfortunately this medication is not currently covered by Medicare. Therefore it may be a bit expensive. But you can still find an affordable price on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $123.00 for the quantity of 60 pills.
What are the side effects of Vimovo?
Some of the more common side effects of this medication are as follows; Upset stomach, stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, gas, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, or dizziness. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.
How to take Vimovo?
This medication is taken by mouth, and is usually prescribed for twice a day. Normally taken once in the morning and then once in the evening. It is often taken at least 30 minutes before a meal. When you are ready to take this medication, do so with a full glass of water. Afterwards do not lie down for approximately 10 minutes. Do not chew, break, or crush the tablet. By doing this, it destroys the slow release of the drug and you run the risk of increasing side effects.