Naproxen Pain Medicine

Available with and without a prescription, naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a drug used to control pain and reduce inflammation. As a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), naproxen can be used to treat symptoms of several conditions, including arthritis, gout, and menstrual cramps, as well as other types of bone, muscle, or tendon pain.
 
As a pain medicine, naproxen works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones (prostaglandins) that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It comes in the form of a tablet, caplet, or liquid. It is usually taken by mouth no more than twice daily or every 12 hours as needed (or as directed by your healthcare provider) for pain relief.
 
Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with naproxen, the pain medicine's warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking.
 
(For more details on this pain medicine, click Naproxen. This article discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible overdose symptoms, and more.)
 
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