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If I have diabetes, is it safe for me to take naproxen for arthritis pain?

From Ask the Pharmacist

Naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve) is not contraindicated for diabetes, however, some medications used to treat diabetes may interact with naproxen (any NSAID -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Patients with a history of GI ulceration, bleeding or perforation; liver dysfunction; or renal disease should avoid any NSAID. Make sure all your health care providers have a current list of your medications and medical conditions. Before I could say if it is safe for you to take naproxen, I would need to know your other medications.

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