Patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis might take oxaprozin potassium to help reduce inflammation, pain and tenderness related to the disease. This medication helps reduce inflammation in patients with arthritis by inhibiting the production of a natural substance that contributes to this type of problem. This medication is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID.
NSAIDs can cause serious problems both in the heart and the stomach. Patients who take this medication are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, especially if they or people in their immediate families have had heart problems in the past. Patients are also more likely to have a stomach ulcer or a stomach performation if they take this medication. Contact your doctor immediately if you have chest pain, a pounding heartbeat, difficulty breathing, stomach pain or blood in your stool.