What is Vimovo?
Vimovo is a prescription-only, long-acting treatment manufactured by AstraZeneca. It contains two active ingredients:
- Naproxen 500mg: a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in a number of medical conditions, including arthritis.
- Esomeprazole 20mg: a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) that reduces the production of stomach acid and helps to protect the lining of the stomach against irritation and stomach ulcers associated with long-term use of naproxen.
When is Vimovo prescribed?
Vimovo is indicated for use where a lower dose of NSAID is considered unlikely to relieve your pain and you are at risk of getting a stomach ulcer or an ulcer in the first part (duodenum) of your small intestine (gut) when taking NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
In clinical trials, patients taking Vimovo were shown to have at least 70% lower risk of developing stomach ulcers than patients on naproxen alone over a 6-month period.
Vimovo is a modified-release tablet, meaning the dose is slowly released over time to keep your pain under control throughout the entire day. For this reason, it is not suitable for the rapid relief of acute pain as it can take a few hours to be absorbed and reach its full effect.
How do you take Vimovo?
Regular naproxen should be taken with food to help protect the stomach, however, this is not the case with Vimovo. It should be taken at least 30 minutes before food on an empty stomach. Taking Vimovo with food can cause it to take longer to have an effect and also reduce the protective effect on your stomach.
The tablets should be taken twice daily, roughly 12 hours apart, for as long as indicated by your doctor. If you are taking the treatment for over a year, your regular doctor should be aware of your treatment so that the appropriate monitoring can take place in your annual check-up.
Vimovo tablets are modified-release – this means that they are specially designed to release the ingredients over time. For this reason, they should not be cut, chewed, crushed, or split as they will not have the same effect. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Vimovo and other painkillers
Vimovo contains naproxen, which is an NSAID. This means that it should not be taken with any other drugs in the NSAID family, including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, or piroxicam.
Vimovo can be taken alongside paracetamol for extra pain relief.