Benefits of Naproxen
If you have pain or inflammation, you may benefit from naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®).
In particular, naproxen has been shown to be beneficial for the following:
- Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from straining a muscle, or because of inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). It can also be used to treat general pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain, or knee pain.
- Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Naproxen can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. However, the medication does not cure these conditions.
- Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
(Click Naproxen to learn more about this drug's benefits. This article also looks at how naproxen works, who can take it, and how it is also available in many cold and flu products.)