Naproxen and Children

If you have pain or inflammation caused by certain conditions, you may benefit from naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®). This medication is available in several forms, some of which are only available with a prescription. It is approved for use in adults and children, and is typically taken no more than twice a day.
When treating juvenile arthritis symptoms in children, naproxen should not be used in children younger than two years old. For treating pain and fever, over-the-counter naproxen can be used in children age 12 and older.
As a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), 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 using naproxen in children, click What Is Naproxen Used For?. This article also discusses how naproxen works and potential off-label uses of the drug.)
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