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 294 52
Degenerative Disc Disease 193 58
Pain 175 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 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
375mg as needed 6
440 mg daily 5

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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 48
10 years or more 39

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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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: 33
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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