What is Naproxen OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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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 371 87
Osteoarthritis 347 128
Systemic lupus erythematosus 303 64
Degenerative disc disease 204 64
Pain 183 60
Fibromyalgia 73 28

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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 56
Mild 70
None 276

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 41
Nausea 17
Heartburn 10
Acid reflux 9
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 8
Bruising 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
220 mg twice daily 18
sodium220mg as needed 18
500mg as needed 15
220mg as needed 14
500 mg twice daily 10
440 mg daily 9
2 sodium220mg as needed 9
220 mg daily 8
500 mg daily 7
2 220mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 279
Doctor's advice 176
Side effects too severe 163
Other 119
Course of treatment ended 56
Personal research 22
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 661 patients who've stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 52

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 156
1 - 6 months 105
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 100
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 67
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 247
Usually 108
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 37
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 363
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 11
< $25 216
Not specified 221

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Naproxen OTC after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 3

Patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Meloxicam (Mobic) 2
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Etodolac (Lodine) 1
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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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