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 355 82
Osteoarthritis 323 109
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 292 49
Degenerative Disc Disease 189 56
Pain 174 52
Fibromyalgia 74 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 48
Moderate 53
Mild 62
None 237

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 38
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
220 mg twice daily 12
2 sodium220mg as needed 11
500 mg twice daily 10
220mg as needed 10
220 mg daily 9
500mg as needed 9
1,000 mg daily 7
500 mg daily 6
2 250mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 265
Doctor's advice 166
Side effects too severe 152
Other 105
Course of treatment ended 56
Personal research 22
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 38

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 129
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 100
1 - 2 years 78
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 212
Usually 98
Sometimes 57
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 44
Not at all hard to take 318
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 199
Not specified 187
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34 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

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gkygrl
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gkygrl
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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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Kaessa
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Kaessa
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F52y
CFS:7y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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Ladywolf319
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Ladywolf319
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: CRPS II 29 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
CRPS II

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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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