How Does Naproxen Work?
Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medication used to treat pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness. It belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But how does naproxen work?
Naproxen works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones, called prostaglandins, which cause inflammation and pain in the body. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, naproxen is useful for:
- Reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
- Reducing fever
- Alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
(For more information on naproxen and how it works, click Naproxen. This article provides a complete overview of the drug, including information on its uses, general precautions, and potential side effects.)