What is Naproxen OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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See also: Naproxen Prescription

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 372 88
Osteoarthritis 347 127
Systemic lupus erythematosus 303 65
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 53
Moderate 56
Mild 70
None 276

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 41
Nausea 18
Heartburn 10
Acid reflux 9
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 9
Bruising 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
220 mg twice daily 20
sodium220mg as needed 18
220mg as needed 14
500mg as needed 13
440 mg daily 10
220 mg daily 9
500 mg daily 9
500 mg twice daily 9
2 sodium220mg as needed 9
2 220mg as needed 5

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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 177
Side effects too severe 164
Other 119
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 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 156
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 101
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 67
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 247
Usually 108
Sometimes 61
Never taken as prescribed 39
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 364
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 11
< $25 216
Not specified 222

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

Jan 1, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Dec 3, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in right knee)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 440 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2015 (Started Mar 05, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for premenstrual syndrome (PMS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Best OTC for PMS (pain and discomfort). Effect lasts approx 6h. Helps for some ME/CFS symptoms too.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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