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 352 79
Osteoarthritis 311 99
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 291 48
Degenerative Disc Disease 187 52
Pain 173 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
500 mg twice daily 10
2 sodium220mg as needed 10
220mg as needed 8
500mg as needed 8
220 mg daily 7
1,000 mg daily 7
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 8
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 35

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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johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
PLS

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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

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marie1970
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marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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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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Paracelsus
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Paracelsus
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 45
Condition: Migraine 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Migraine

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Jan 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Doesn't work for migraines. Dangerous to the stomach.

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