When to Take Naproxen

Naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medication licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness. The medication comes in tablet, caplet, or liquid form.
 
If you are just starting naproxen, you may have questions about when to take it. Naproxen 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. It is best if you take it with food.
 
If using over-the-counter naproxen products, you should follow the instructions on the label. Do not exceed the recommended doses (one tablet or 220 mg every 8 to 12 hours), and do not take this medication for more than 10 days unless your healthcare provider recommends it.
 
If you do not take your naproxen as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing.
 
(Click Naproxen Dosage for more information on when naproxen should be taken. This article also discusses naproxen dosing guidelines for treating various conditions, as well as factors that may affect your dosage.)
 
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