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Naproxen Over The Counter

naproxen over the counter

What Is Naproxen (Aleve)?

Naproxen sodium is the generic ingredient in Aleve and several other brands of pain medication.

Naproxen is in a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which work by blocking the production of prostaglandins, substances in the body that play a role in pain and inflammation.

Naproxen has been used in the United States since 1980. It is available generically and under many brand names.

After 14 years as a prescription-only medication, in 1994 naproxen was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug.

What is Naproxen OTC?

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.

How to take it

Naproxen on prescription comes as 2 different tablets - effervescent and gastro-resistant tablets.

Effervescent tablets are dissolved in water before you take them.

Gastro-resistant tablets have a coating to protect them from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. Instead, the medicine is released further down the gut in your intestine.

If you take gastro-resistant tablets, swallow them whole with or after food. Don't crush or chew them.

If you take effervescent tablets, dissolve 1 to 2 tablets in a glass (150ml) of water and drink.

Side effects

  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • heartburn
  • acid reflux
  • gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
  • bruising

Naproxen Warnings

Naproxen may raise your risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Heart and stroke risk is greater if you have a history of or risk factors for heart disease.

Naproxen may cause ulcers and bleeding in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Ulcer and bleeding risk is higher if you are elderly.

Because elderly people are more likely to have side effects, you should take the lowest possible effective dose if you are over age 65.

This drug is not recommended for children younger than 2 years.

Always tell your doctor if you are taking naproxen before having any surgical procedure, including dental surgery.

How should I use this drug?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food if your stomach gets upset. Try to not lie down for at least 10 minutes after you take it. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Long-term, continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I store this drug?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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