What Is Naproxen Prescribed for?

Updated April 17, 2017

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This type of drug is designed to decrease inflammation and pain ; some of the brands that are available for naproxen are Aleve, and by prescription, Anaprox or Naprocyn.


NSAIDS, which include in its class ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, are effective in treating certain conditions. They work by decreasing hormones that cause inflammation and pain.


Naproxen can be used to treat many conditions, including menstrual cramps, arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis.


Naproxen can be an effective tool in pain management if taken correctly. Swallow the pill whole, especially those with an enteric coating to protect the stomach.


Naproxen and other NSAIDS should be taken with care, as they can cause serious problems in individuals who have high blood pressure, bleeding or clotting disorder, ulcers or stomach problems, or liver, kidney and heart disease.


As with any drug, naproxen does have side effects. It can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding that can be very serious; seek medical attention if you begin to have chest pains, weakness, slurred speech, or shortness of breath.

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