Several companies currently produce generic naproxen medicines, which are sold under the names Naproxen tablets and Naproxen oral suspension. Prescription generic versions are also available in a number of strengths, including 250-mg tablets, 375-mg tablets, 500-mg tablets, 125-mg/5-mL oral solution, EC-Naproxen 375-mg tablets, and EC-Naproxen 500-mg tablets.
Naproxen is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. Some naproxen uses include:
- Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, caused by inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis), or from straining a muscle.
- 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 (also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. The medication does not cure arthritis, however.
- Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
Naproxen was originally developed by Roche Laboratories and sold as Naprosyn® and EC-Naprosyn®. The patents for these medications have since expired and generic versions are now available.
Prescription-strength generic versions are also available in the following strengths:
- Naproxen 250 mg tablets
- Naproxen 375 mg tablets
- Naproxen 500 mg tablets
- Naproxen 125 mg/5mL oral solution -- one teaspoon (5 mL) contains 125 mg of naproxen
- EC-Naproxen 375 mg tablets
- EC-Naproxen 500 mg tablets.