Naproxen Pain Reliever

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a drug approved to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by many conditions. Specifically, it can help with injuries, 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.
 
This medication is available with and without a prescription, and 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.
 
As a pain reliever, naproxen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
 
Although most people tolerate naproxen well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other drugs you are taking, as well as any other medical conditions you may have before taking naproxen.
 
(For a complete overview of this pain reliever, click Naproxen. This article discusses how naproxen works, lists potential side effects, and covers safety concerns to be aware of before using this medication.)
 
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