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 351 79
Osteoarthritis 311 99
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 291 48
Degenerative Disc Disease 187 52
Pain 172 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 51
Mild 58
None 227

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 37
Nausea 16
Upset stomach 15
Acid reflux 8
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 8
Heartburn 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
sodium220mg as needed 17
220 mg twice daily 11
2 sodium220mg as needed 10
500 mg twice daily 9
220mg as needed 8
500mg as needed 8
1,000 mg daily 7
220 mg daily 6
500 mg daily 6
2 250mg as needed 5

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 260
Doctor's advice 165
Side effects too severe 149
Other 105
Course of treatment ended 52
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 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 50
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 34

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 126
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 100
1 - 2 years 77
2 - 5 years 88
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 60
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 202
Usually 95
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 32
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 42
Not at all hard to take 304
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 8
< $25 193
Not specified 178
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33 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

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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

See Kaessa's full Naproxen OTC history

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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cwp9999
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cwp9999
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 39
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: worked the best for the pain and problems involved with my original injuries and post auto accident on june 23,2014. As the combinations with external inhuman experiments and interference's created mixed inaccurate medical input related to any medications I have taken prior to long breaks of input on medication use in the long gaps since 2011.

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