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 368 83
Osteoarthritis 341 122
Systemic lupus erythematosus 295 60
Degenerative disc disease 201 60
Pain 179 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 262

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 41
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
220mg as needed 14
sodium220mg as needed 14
2 sodium220mg as needed 13
220 mg twice daily 12
220 mg daily 11
500 mg twice daily 11
440 mg twice daily 9
1,000 mg daily 7
500mg as needed 7
440 mg daily 6

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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 113
Course of treatment ended 57
Personal research 23
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 109
6 months - 1 year 104
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 98
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 65
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 238
Usually 102
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 350
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 10
< $25 211
Not specified 209
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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

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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

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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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