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Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Naproxen works within the body to block and combat certain substances that may cause inflammation and the ensuing stiffness, pain, and swelling. Naproxen is commonly given for the treatment of dental pain, muscle aches, tendonitis, headaches, gout, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, menstrual cramping, and more.


Naproxen is typically taken two to three times per day with at least eight ounces of water. If you are prone to stomach issues you may take naproxen with food or milk. If your doctor has prescribed naproxen for your use on an unscheduled dosage, essentially taking it whenever needed for pain or inflammation, for best results, take it at the onset of the pain or inflammation. Be sure to talk to your doctor about how much of this drug you can safely take in a given period, and for how long, as it is critically important to never take more naproxen than your doctor advises. Compounded medications may come in various forms, ask your doctor for more information.


Side effects can be an unfortunate consequence when taking any new medication or drug. Ask your doctor for an overview of possible side effects. See your doctor if you experience any side effects that are hanging around/persisting or growing worse. Common side effects patients have reported are as follows:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Drowsiness
  • Upset Stomach

Severe Side Effects:

While many patients only experience common, mild side effects, or even no side effects at all, others may experience side effects that are severe. If you experience anything that feels severe or anything listed below, see your doctor at once, or go to a medical treatment facility for care immediately.

  • Mood Changes or Shifts in Mood
  • Swelling (ankles, feet, hands)
  • Sudden Weight Gain
  • Bruising or Bleeding (that occurs easily)
  • Painful Swallowing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Changes in Hearing or a Ringing in Ears
  • Abnormal Tiredness
  • Kidney Problems (change in amount of urine)
  • Stiff Neck (with no reasonable explanation for)
  • Vision Changes

LIVER WARNING: If you experience any signs of liver problems or damage while using this medication, get medical help immediately. Some of the possible signs are listed below for your convenience.

  • Vomiting or Nausea that Persists
  • Dark Urine
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Stomach Pain


Some medications can cause allergic reactions. Any allergic reaction experienced should be taken seriously. Seek medical treatment immediately if you experience anything that feels like an allergic reaction, or anything listed below.

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Extreme Dizziness
  • Hives
  • Swelling (throat, face, tongue)


Be aware of the signs of a possible overdose. Some of the signs are listed below. If you think that you may be experiencing an overdose, or you are experiencing any of the signs listed below, get emergency medical help immediately.

  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Sleepiness
  • Bleeding (under skin)
  • Muscle Tremors


Talk to your doctor about all possible contraindications for naproxen. Do not take this drug unless your doctor has given you a complete medical evaluation and decided it is safe for your use.

Naproxen is contraindicated for the following:

  • Renal Failure (advanced)
  • Aspirin Intolerance
  • Active Peptic Ulcer

Naproxen is contraindicated for breastfeeding.

Do not take naproxen if pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Ask your doctor for more information.

There are many other diseases and conditions that may contraindicate the use of naproxen. Talk to your doctor to make sure that naproxen is safe for your use.

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