What Type of Drug Is Naproxen?

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is available as either an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication and comes in tablet, caplet, and liquid forms. It is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by many conditions, including:
Naproxen is a type of drug known as an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). These medicines are used to reduce mild-to-moderate pain, stiffness, fever, and inflammation. NSAIDs work by inhibiting the action of prostaglandins, which are hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Most people have no problems with naproxen, but side effects can occur. Some of the most common side effects seen with this medicine include constipation, heartburn, and headache. The medication is usually taken by mouth no more than twice daily or every 12 hours as needed (or as directed by your healthcare provider).
(To learn more about this type of NSAID, click Naproxen. This article explains the drug's uses and benefits in more detail, with information on other possible side effects, available strengths, and more.)
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