Naproxen, also known as Naproxen Sodium, is probably best known by the over-the-counter brand name Aleve among others. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly known as an NSAID. The drug is available in higher dosages than can be found over the counter, but only with a prescription written by a GP.
Pain management: Naproxen 500 mg
Naproxen is often prescribed for managing mild to moderate pain caused by symptoms of tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, anklosing spondylitis and acute gout, among other conditions.
Over-the-counter Naproxen 500 mg
Naproxen that is available over the counter is indicated for use to temporarily relieve minor aches and pain from headache, muscle ache, backache, arthritis, toothache and menstrual cramping.
Naproxen 500 mg: fever reducer
Naproxen can also act as a fever reducer. Aleve, or other brands of Naproxen that are available over the counter, can be used to temporarily reduce fever.
Naproxen 500 mg and children
Juveniles may be prescribed Naproxen for conditions such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; however, the drug is administered in much smaller dosages.
A dose of 500 mg of Naproxen is usually prescribed to treat pain especially from tendinitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis in adults.