What Is Naproxen Prescribed For?

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medicine used to reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain. Specifically, naproxen is prescribed for:
  • Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from straining a muscle, or because of inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). Naproxen can also be used to treat general pain, such as knee pain, back pain, or foot pain.
  • Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Naproxen can be used to treat several different types of arthritis.
  • Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
Naproxen may also be combined with other medications in several common cold, allergy, and flu products to help relieve common symptoms, such as fever and aches and pains.
Also, naproxen has several off-label uses, such as treating:
(For more information on what naproxen is prescribed for, click What Is Naproxen Used For?. This article also discusses how naproxen works, whether it is safe for children, and when a healthcare provider may recommend an off-label use of this drug.)
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