If you have pain, stiffness, or inflammation, you may benefit from naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®). This medication is approved for use in adults and children, and is available in both prescription and nonprescription forms. It is used to treat several conditions, such as injury, arthritis, gout, and menstrual cramps, as well as other types of bone, muscle, or tendon pain.
As an oral medication, naproxen comes in the form of a tablet, caplet, or liquid. It is usually taken by mouth no more than twice daily or every 12 hours as needed (or as directed by your healthcare provider) for pain relief. It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of developing serious side effects.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include nausea, constipation, and headaches.
(For a closer look at this oral medication, click Naproxen. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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