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Treating Inflammation and Pain in the Muscles and Joints

Naproxen is an oral prescription drug. It comes in a form of a tablet and liquid that you can drink. It is used to treat inflammation and pain in the muscles and joints. Naproxen works by reducing the hormones that causes pain and swelling in the body.

What condition does Naproxen treat?

Naproxen helps relieve pain and swelling from many conditions such as:

  • Tendinitis
  • Symptoms of gout
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle swelling
  • Menstrual pain
  • Sprains
  • Back pain
  • Strains

How does Naproxen works?

Naproxen is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This drug can reduce mild to moderate pain, swelling and fever. It works by reducing the production of prostaglandin chemicals that causes swelling and pain.

What is the dosage for Naproxen?

For arthritis: 500 to 1000 mg every 12 hours

Menstrual cramps: 250 mg every 6 to 8 hours, initial dose is 500 mg

Muscle pain: 500 mg for initial dose followed by 250 mg every 6 to 8 hours

Symptoms of gout: 250 mg every 8 hours, initial dose is 750 mg

Doses for elderly people and people with health problems are lower. For children 2-17 years, the dose is based on their weight.

How to take Naproxen?

  1. Read the product label carefully.
  2. Take the medication by mouth with a glass of water.
  3. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
  4. Avoid lying down at least 10 minutes after taking the medication.
  5. Take Naproxen after meal to prevent stomach upset.
  6. Take Naproxen at the first sign of pain.

What are the precautions in taking Naproxen?

Naproxen is a short-term drug treatment that comes with a risk if you will not take it as prescribed.

  • Do not take Naproxen if you are allergic to aspirin. It can cause severe allergic reactions. Symptoms includes:
  • Hives
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling of tongue and throat
  • Inform your doctor about your medical history such as:
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney and liver problems
  • Stroke
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Using of alcohol, tobacco and this medication may increase your risk of having stomach bleeding.
  • Do not use this medication for a long term or higher than the recommended dosage. As much as possible take the lowest effective dose.
  • Do not use Naproxen during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Costs of Generic Naproxen

The generic brand Naproxen is cheaper than the brand name Naprosyn. Naproxen 250 mg costs $0.32 per unit price or $31.58 for 100 tabs. While the branded Naprosyn 250 mg costs $2.02 per unit price or $202.73 for 10 tablets.