What is Naproxen OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 358 82
Osteoarthritis 326 113
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 295 52
Degenerative Disc Disease 193 58
Pain 175 52
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 50
Moderate 53
Mild 63
None 243

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 39
Nausea 16
Upset stomach 15
Acid reflux 9
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 8
Heartburn 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
sodium220mg as needed 16
220mg as needed 13
500 mg twice daily 12
220 mg twice daily 11
2 sodium220mg as needed 10
500mg as needed 10
220 mg daily 8
440 mg twice daily 7
440 mg daily 6
375mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 269
Doctor's advice 169
Side effects too severe 153
Other 107
Course of treatment ended 56
Personal research 22
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 102
1 - 2 years 78
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 219
Usually 97
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 46
Not at all hard to take 325
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 202
Not specified 193
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34 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

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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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
PLS

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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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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Some
function: Little
external_stress: Little
Stickman: some
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: n
I have:
ME/CFS

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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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