Naproxen Medication for Pain

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medicine used to reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain. This medication is found in both prescription and nonprescription products, and is approved for adults and children. It is typically taken no more than twice daily.
 
As a pain medication, naproxen is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by many conditions, including injury, arthritis, gout, and menstrual cramps, as well as other types of bone, muscle, or tendon pain. It is also combined with other medications in several cold, allergy, and flu products.
 
Although most people tolerate naproxen well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medicines you are taking (including vitamins and nonprescription drugs), as well as any other medical conditions you may have. Possible side effects include heartburn, nausea, and dizziness.
 
(For more information on using this medication for pain, click Naproxen. This article also discusses how naproxen works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using it.)
 
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