What is Naproxen OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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See also: Naproxen Prescription

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
Migraine 372 86
Osteoarthritis 347 127
Systemic lupus erythematosus 300 64
Degenerative disc disease 204 61
Pain 183 60
Fibromyalgia 75 30

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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
Severe 52
Moderate 55
Mild 70
None 274

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 40
Nausea 17
Upset stomach 15
Heartburn 10
Acid reflux 9
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
220 mg twice daily 19
sodium220mg as needed 18
220mg as needed 17
440 mg twice daily 12
500mg as needed 12
440 mg daily 9
500 mg twice daily 9
2 sodium220mg as needed 9
220 mg daily 7
2 220mg as needed 7

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 278
Doctor's advice 175
Side effects too severe 163
Other 117
Course of treatment ended 57
Personal research 22
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 157
1 - 6 months 104
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 84
2 - 5 years 99
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 64
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 246
Usually 106
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 37
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 361
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 10
< $25 214
Not specified 221

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Naproxen OTC after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 2

Patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Etodolac (Lodine) 1
Meloxicam (Mobic) 1
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35 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

Jan 1, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Dec 3, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in right knee)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 440 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2015 (Started Mar 05, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for premenstrual syndrome (PMS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Best OTC for PMS (pain and discomfort). Effect lasts approx 6h. Helps for some ME/CFS symptoms too.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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