What is Naproxen?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Naproxen Prescription Aleve Naprosyn Show all

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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 782 310
Migraine 404 100
Osteoarthritis 379 145
Systemic lupus erythematosus 314 72
Degenerative disc disease 221 74
Fibromyalgia 155 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 112
Moderate 142
Mild 173
None 567

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 daily 13
500 mg twice daily 13
220 mg twice daily 11
500mg as needed 10
220mg as needed 8
1000 mg daily 6
220 mg daily 5
sodium220mg as needed 5
440 mg daily 3
2 sodium220mg as needed 3

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 498
Doctor's advice 318
Side effects too severe 294
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 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 39

Stopped taking Naproxen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 273
1 - 6 months 238
6 months - 1 year 172
1 - 2 years 175
2 - 5 years 187
5 - 10 years 97
10 years or more 100
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 550
Usually 236
Sometimes 132
Never taken as prescribed 76
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 761
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 5
$25-49 33
< $25 428
Not specified 522

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

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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77 patient evaluations for Naproxen

May 2, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The best help for migraine. If it is just starting this can usually stop it. Otherwise it makes it much more bearable. I usually take one tablet a day when I have severe migraines which last for a couple of days. It also makes me feel more awake -I guess it boosts the effect of caffeine or something.

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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

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