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 363 82
osteoarthritis 335 119
systemic lupus erythematosus 293 56
degenerative disc disease 200 61
Pain 178 57
fibromyalgia 76 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 51
Moderate 53
Mild 67
None 255

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 42
Nausea 16
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
sodium220mg as needed 14
2 sodium220mg as needed 13
220 mg twice daily 12
500 mg twice daily 11
220mg as needed 11
220 mg daily 9
500mg as needed 9
1,000 mg daily 7
440 mg daily 6
375mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 270
Doctor's advice 173
Side effects too severe 157
Other 110
Course of treatment ended 56
Personal research 23
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 633 patients who've stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 135
1 - 6 months 108
6 months - 1 year 103
1 - 2 years 80
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 63
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 229
Usually 101
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 340
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 209
Not specified 203
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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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