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 369 83
Osteoarthritis 343 123
Systemic lupus erythematosus 298 62
Degenerative disc disease 201 60
Pain 180 58
Fibromyalgia 76 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 54
Mild 68
None 266

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
220 mg twice daily 15
220mg as needed 13
2 sodium220mg as needed 13
sodium220mg as needed 13
220 mg daily 11
500 mg twice daily 10
440 mg twice daily 9
440 mg daily 8
500mg as needed 8
1,000 mg daily 6

See all 60 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 276
Doctor's advice 174
Side effects too severe 161
Other 114
Course of treatment ended 57
Personal research 23
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 646 patients who've stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 110
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 80
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 65
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 240
Usually 104
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 354
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 10
< $25 212
Not specified 212

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Etodolac (Lodine) 1
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34 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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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