Although generally well tolerated, naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is not suitable for everyone. Some people may develop serious reactions to the medication; others may find that the medicine is not as effective as they had hoped. Fortunately, many other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used in these situations.
Some of these alternatives to naproxen include:
- Aspirin (Ecotrin®, Bayer®, Anacin®)
- Choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate®)
- Diflunisal (Dolobid®)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex®)
- Diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®)
- Etodolac (Lodine®, Lodine® XL)
- Fenoprofen (Nalfon®)
- Flurbiprofen (Ansaid®)
- Ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®).
(For a more detailed list of naproxen alternatives, click List of NSAIDs. This article takes an in-depth look at both prescription and nonprescription NSAID products.)