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Naproxen Sodium - Summary

Naproxen sodium, marketed under brand names such as Naprosyn, is a medication used in the treatment of various conditions related to inflammation and pain. People who need prescription naproxen can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe naproxen tablets (e.g. 375 mg, 500 mg) when appropriate to do so.

What Is Naproxen Used For?

Naproxen sodium belongs to a class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and specifically the proprionic acid derivatives - similar to celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Pennsaid, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), meloxicam (Mobic) and nabumetone (Relafen) and different from acetaminophen (Tylenol). Naproxen medication has been observed clinically to reduce inflammation, fever and pain in many people. While its exact mechanism of action is poorly understood, naproxen is thought to work by inhibiting enzymes known as cyclooxygenases and blocking the synthesis of prostaglandins. The clinical effects of these actions may be due to reducing nerve sensitivity and prostaglandin's effects on enhancing inflammation. Naproxen is indicated for use in relieving symptoms of some cases of ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Naproxen is also combined with the medication esomeprazole (Nexium) in the medication Vimovo.

Naproxen - Dosage and Cost

Naproxen should be dosed according to the needs and characteristics of the patient and other factors. Naproxen can appear in an orange-colored suspension that is opaque and is available as a 125mg / 5mL suspension. Naproxen itself is generally white in color, insoluble in water, and without odor. Following oral administration, naproxen has a bioavailability of 95% and typically has a half-life of under 17 hours. Naproxen usually reaches a steady state in under one week. Most naproxen is excreted in the urine. Naproxen is relatively affordable, costing under 20 cents per naproxen 500 mg tablet. One of the benefits of getting a naproxen prescription is that insurance companies will often cover the cost of the medication. For people paying out of pocket, naproxen coupons are often available online or through the manufacturer.

Can I Buy Naproxen Online?

Naproxen is sometimes available as naproxen OTC (over-the-counter). Prescription strength naproxen is not available OTC and, for these versions, one cannot just buy naproxen online as the first step to getting prescription naproxen is consulting with a medical provider. People who need prescription naproxen, however, can use Push Health to consult with a medical provider who can prescribe naproxen sodium tablets, including naproxen 500 mg medication, when appropriate to do so.

Naproxen - Side Effects

Prior to using naproxen sodium prescription tablets, it is important to discuss side effects with one's medical provider and pharmacist. Like other NSAID medications, naproxen can cause side effects. Side effects that can result from naproxen use include headache, dizziness, heartburn, nausea, constipation, and drowsiness. More serious side effects include liver and kidney toxicity, changes in blood pressure and heart failure. Naproxen can increase one's risk of serious thrombotic events such as stroke and myocardial infarction as well as serious gastrointestinal events such as ulceration, bleeding and perforation of the stomach and intestines. People who have a known hypersensitivity to generic naproxen or any of its branded versions should not use the medication. Naproxen prescription medication and alcohol should not be used together. People who have had a coronary artery bypass graft surgery should not use naproxen.

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Last updated March 21, 2022. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.