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Naproxen

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Naproxen Sodium 550mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 93  |  537
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Naproxen 375mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 148  |  93
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Naproxen 125mg/5ml Susp
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Naproxen 375mg Tab
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: IP 189  |  375
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Naproxen 250mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 93  |  147
Overview Information on Naproxen
Pharmacist Tip
If you forget to take a dose of naproxen, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. If this is the case, take the next dose and skip the dose you missed.     
Naproxen belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Your doctor may have prescribed naproxen for you to treat the symptoms of arthritis. Naproxen is given to relieve symptoms related to multiple types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, gouty arthritis, and a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is arthritis of the spine.

Arthritis is a painful condition caused by joint inflammation. Inflammation can cause not only pain to the joints, but swelling and redness. Naproxen can help relieve symptoms by blocking a substance in the body that causes this inflammation. Naproxen also reduces other symptoms, such as pain and fever.

Naproxen is also prescribed to treat other painful conditions, including menstrual cramps and migraine headaches. Naproxen is given to people to help with both sudden onset pain or for long ongoing pain when there is inflammation.

Although naproxen may help improve pain and other symptoms, naproxen will not cure the underlying condition that is causing the problem.

Naproxen comes as the prescription brand names Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, Naprelan®, Naprosyn®, and EC-Naprosyn®. Naproxen is also available as an over-the-counter medicine, such as the brand names Aleve® and Midol® Extended Relief. Naproxen comes in many different forms, including naproxen tablets, delayed-release naproxen tablets, extended-release naproxen tablets, naproxen liquid-filled capsules, and a naproxen liquid.

Before you start taking naproxen, discuss any allergies or medical conditions you have with your doctor. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, because he or she may want to prescribe a different medicine than naproxen. Your doctor may also want to reduce your dose of naproxen if you are elderly, because people in this age group may be more sensitive to naproxen. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, herbal treatments, or supplements, because they may not be the right choice if you are taking naproxen.

Like other NSAIDs, naproxen can raise your risk of having heart attack or a stroke. Always get medical help immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in any part of your body, or slurred speech when taking naproxen. NSAIDs, such as naproxen, can raise the risk of ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, or developing holes in your stomach or intestines. These problems are more likely to happen if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks each day, are older, or are in poor health.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have stomach pain or vomit that looks like coffee grounds or is bloody. Also let your doctor know right away if you have black tarry stools or see blood in your stools.

Naproxen may make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or even depressed. Use care when driving or operating machinery after taking naproxen until you know how it affects you.

Also let your doctor know if you experience other symptoms related to naproxen, such as:
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or gas
  • Extreme thirst or mouth sores
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness
  • Burning/tingling feeling in your arms or legs
  • Hearing changes
  • Sleep difficulties
Get medical help right away if your symptoms include:
  • Vision changes
  • Signs of infection such as a sore throat, fever, or chills
  • Skin problems such as a rash, redness, itching, blisters, or hives
  • Swelling in your face or neck area, hands, or lower body
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or feeling like the tablet is stuck in your throat
  • Skin that is pale or bruised, has purple blotches, or appears yellow
  • Nausea or changes in appetite
  • Back pain
  • Difficult or painful urination or urine that is cloudy, discolored, or bloody
  • A rapid heartbeat or flulike symptoms


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Naproxen belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Your doctor may have prescribed naproxen for you to treat the symptoms of arthritis. Naproxen is given to relieve symptoms related to multiple types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, gouty arthritis, and a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is arthritis of the spine.

Arthritis is a painful condition caused by joint inflammation. Inflammation can cause not only pain to the joints, but swelling and redness. Naproxen can help relieve symptoms by blocking a substance in the body that causes this inflammation. Naproxen also reduces other symptoms, such as pain and fever.

Naproxen is also prescribed to treat other painful conditions, including menstrual cramps and migraine headaches. Naproxen is given to people to help with both sudden onset pain or for long ongoing pain when there is inflammation.

Although naproxen may help improve pain and other symptoms, naproxen will not cure the underlying condition that is causing the problem.

Naproxen comes as the prescription brand names Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, Naprelan®, Naprosyn®, and EC-Naprosyn®. Naproxen is also available as an over-the-counter medicine, such as the brand names Aleve® and Midol® Extended Relief. Naproxen comes in many different forms, including naproxen tablets, delayed-release naproxen tablets, extended-release naproxen tablets, naproxen liquid-filled capsules, and a naproxen liquid.

Before you start taking naproxen, discuss any allergies or medical conditions you have with your doctor. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, because he or she may want to prescribe a different medicine than naproxen. Your doctor may also want to reduce your dose of naproxen if you are elderly, because people in this age group may be more sensitive to naproxen. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, herbal treatments, or supplements, because they may not be the right choice if you are taking naproxen.

Like other NSAIDs, naproxen can raise your risk of having heart attack or a stroke. Always get medical help immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness in any part of your body, or slurred speech when taking naproxen. NSAIDs, such as naproxen, can raise the risk of ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, or developing holes in your stomach or intestines. These problems are more likely to happen if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks each day, are older, or are in poor health.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have stomach pain or vomit that looks like coffee grounds or is bloody. Also let your doctor know right away if you have black tarry stools or see blood in your stools.

Naproxen may make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or even depressed. Use care when driving or operating machinery after taking naproxen until you know how it affects you.

Also let your doctor know if you experience other symptoms related to naproxen, such as:
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or gas
  • Extreme thirst or mouth sores
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness
  • Burning/tingling feeling in your arms or legs
  • Hearing changes
  • Sleep difficulties
Get medical help right away if your symptoms include:
  • Vision changes
  • Signs of infection such as a sore throat, fever, or chills
  • Skin problems such as a rash, redness, itching, blisters, or hives
  • Swelling in your face or neck area, hands, or lower body
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or feeling like the tablet is stuck in your throat
  • Skin that is pale or bruised, has purple blotches, or appears yellow
  • Nausea or changes in appetite
  • Back pain
  • Difficult or painful urination or urine that is cloudy, discolored, or bloody
  • A rapid heartbeat or flulike symptoms


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Naproxen
Usage by Age
20.25%
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18.67%
20to40_base
34.44%
40to60_base
26.63%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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66.55%
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male_fill_graph
33.45%
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