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 370 83
Osteoarthritis 342 123
Systemic lupus erythematosus 297 61
Degenerative disc disease 201 60
Pain 180 58
Fibromyalgia 76 30

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  • 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 265

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 13
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

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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 175
Side effects too severe 160
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
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 139
1 - 6 months 110
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 239
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 353
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 10
< $25 212
Not specified 211
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34 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

May 15, 2013 (Started Aug 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Great option for inflammation and arthritic pain.

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Mar 1, 2013 (Started Nov 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 660 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for inflammation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Severe (acute renal failure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 220 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be careful if you're on multiple medications that can put your organs at risk. None of my Dr's warned me about this and if I hadn't forced the issue they wouldn't have sent me to a Nephrologist. Luckily, he took me or all the meds that were doing damage before to much permanent damage was done. However, now there are certain meds I can never take, otherwise I risk more severe renal failure. Be Your own advocate or find one to help you.

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