Naproxen, also called naproxen sodium, is a known medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. People experiencing pain related to headaches, muscle aches or injury can take this medication to reduce the pain and swelling. In addition, this medication is available over the counter in most cases. It can be purchased as a generic drug, simply called “naproxen” or by one the brand names such as Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn and Aleve. Some of the stronger versions are available by prescription only, while some are bought over the counter. Generally, generic brands are much cheaper and just as effective as the name brand counterpart.
Many people now take naproxen over other choices such as aspirin or Tylenol. Until recently, this was a prescription only medication. When it became available over the counter, many found that this medication worked better than medications that were already available.
Naproxen is part of a class of drugs that are called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also called NSAIDS). Ibuprofen, Indocin and Relafen are also in the same category. This medication works best for the less severe to mild management of pain and fever. Naproxen works by reducing the chemicals that cause pain, inflammation, swelling and fever.
There can be some side effects associated with taking this medication, even with the over the counter variety. Pregnant and nursing women should not take Naproxen. In addition, if you take this medication, you can expect the following side effects: ringing in the ears, dizziness, sleepiness, abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, headaches, fluid retention and shortness of breath. More serious side effects are possible. These include stomach ulcers and intestinal bleeding. In addition, those who are allergic to other NSAID medications should not use Naproxen.
This medication is very beneficial for those looking for short-term pain management. You can find the over the counter variety at nearly any drug store or store that carries medication. Ask your doctor about the prescription type of this medication.
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