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Naproxen Headache

Naproxen Headache

What is used for

naproxen belongs to a group of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (or NSAIDs).

naproxen relieves pain and reduces inflammation (swelling, redness and soreness) that may occur in the following:

in different types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

in muscle and bone injuries such as sprains, strains, lower back pain (lumbago), rheumatism and tendonitis, such as tennis elbow

swelling and pain after setting broken or dislocated bones

menstrual cramps (period pain)

headache, including migraines

following surgery

dental pain

Naproxen for acute migraine in adults

Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include feeling sick, vomiting, disturbed vision, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat migraine headaches. One NSAID is naproxen. On 22 May 2013, we looked for clinical trials where naproxen was used to treat migraine headache. We found six good quality studies with about 2700 people.


To help prevent rebound headaches:

  • Take your headache medication as prescribed.
  • If you need headache medication more than twice a week, contact your doctor.
  • Avoid medications that contain butalbital or opioids.
  • Use OTC painkillers less than 15 days a month.
  • Limit use of triptans or combination analgesics to no more than nine days a month.

Why is Naproxen not working for my headache?

I have seen three doctors, my GP and two hospital doctors, who all say it is likely a benign headache or tension-type headache of some description. I have no other symptoms other than the pain. I was prescribed Naproxen 500 mg twice daily which helped for two weeks. Pain came back a week after stopping Naproxen, but more mild than before. Then went away for five days and returned. Now, Naproxen does not seem to help at all. Doctors have not been concerned enough to give me a scan, because I have no other symptoms and just the pain. Again, this has been going on for two months now and even on pain-free days while on naproxen I have still had brief one second flashes of pain at least a couple of times a day. I have no sickness or nausea or dizziness. I do not have a history of migraine.There is no pain behind my eye or tearing. I also have no anxiety or tension issues in my personal life to attribute to a headache. The pain is in my left temporal area. I feel some pressure, pinching pain and tightness. Sometimes, it is in the inner ear and sometimes I have pain on the top left of my head. Before I started the Naproxen, it was at its worst at bedtime when I laid down, but I slept pain free for a month while on the Naproxen. The pain is quite mild, but persistent.

What are the side effects of ibuprofen vs. naproxen?

Ibuprofen side effects

The most common side effects from ibuprofen are:

  • rash,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • abdominal pain,
  • nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation, and

Advil, Aleve And Tylenol: What’S The Difference?

You wake up with a terrible headache, a sore muscle or yesterday’s sunburn is bothering you, and shuffle your way to your medicine cabinet. You open the cabinet, hoping to find something to help with the pain and discomfort, but find yourself faced with three choices: Advil, Aleve and Tylenol. Which one should you take? What are the differences to consider before taking?

“All of these pharmaceuticals are useful to treat pain and reduce fever, which is why they’re such common occurrences in households,” said David E. Potter, Ph.D., professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences with the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. “However, there are some instances where one of these medicines may work better than its counterparts.”

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