What is Naproxen?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Naproxen is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug used to treat arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, or menstrual cramps. Naproxen is available in over the counter preparations and in prescription strength dosages.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 782 308
Migraine 402 98
Osteoarthritis 378 143
Systemic lupus erythematosus 313 71
Degenerative disc disease 221 74
Fibromyalgia 154 61

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 111
Moderate 140
Mild 172
None 566

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 66
Nausea 36
Heartburn 29
Gastrointestinal bleeding 15
Acid reflux 14
Gastric ulcer 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg twice daily 17
220 mg twice daily 14
500 mg daily 14
500mg as needed 14
220mg as needed 8
sodium220mg as needed 8
220 mg daily 7
1000 mg daily 5
440 mg daily 4
250 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 499
Doctor's advice 317
Side effects too severe 291
Other 213
Course of treatment ended 139
Personal research 35
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 12
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Duration

Currently taking Naproxen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Naproxen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 272
1 - 6 months 239
6 months - 1 year 172
1 - 2 years 175
2 - 5 years 186
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 100
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 547
Usually 235
Sometimes 132
Never taken as prescribed 75
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 140
Not at all hard to take 756
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 5
$25-49 33
< $25 426
Not specified 519

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Naproxen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 22
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 8
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Meloxicam (Mobic) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Naproxen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Meloxicam (Mobic) 17
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 10
Tramadol (Ultram) 8
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 6

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76 patient evaluations for Naproxen

Oct 13, 2018 (Started Jul 21, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hip bursitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for spinal stenosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 10, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for arthritis pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for inflammation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 750 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Continuing to take with a protein of some sort In order to avoid marginal ulcer.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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