What is Naproxen OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Aleve Aleve Liquid Gels Aleve Caplet Show all

false

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 360 82
Osteoarthritis 330 116
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 295 54
Degenerative Disc Disease 196 59
Pain 177 54
Fibromyalgia 76 30

Show all 190 reasons taken


  • 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 65
None 247

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Naproxen OTC

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 41
Nausea 16
Upset stomach 15
Acid reflux 9
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding 8
Heartburn 8

Show all 89 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Naproxen OTC

Dosage Patients
sodium220mg as needed 16
220mg as needed 13
220 mg twice daily 12
500 mg twice daily 12
2 sodium220mg as needed 12
220 mg daily 10
500mg as needed 9
440 mg twice daily 7
440 mg daily 6
1,000 mg daily 5

See all 56 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 269
Doctor's advice 170
Side effects too severe 154
Other 109
Course of treatment ended 56
Personal research 23
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 627 patients who’ve stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration

Currently taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Naproxen OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 133
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 103
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 224
Usually 98
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 35
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 330
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 205
Not specified 197
Last updated:

34 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC

361 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

zoomer
60535 thumb
zoomer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar I

See zoomer's full Naproxen OTC history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
johannarothman
68116 thumb
johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
PLS

See johannarothman's full Naproxen OTC history

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
marie1970
69948 thumb
marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: some
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: n
I have:
ME/CFS

See marie1970's full Naproxen OTC history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 34 patient evaluations for Naproxen OTC