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What is Naproxen used for?

13th January 2021

Naproxen is an effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is prescribed for a number of ailments. It works to target inflammation in the body and offers long-lasting relief from pain.

What is Naproxen used for?

Naproxen is a painkiller suitable for treating joint conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is because these conditions are inflammatory, so the anti-inflammatory action of the drug is highly effective. It’s for this same reason that Naproxen is also heavily relied upon when treating muscle aches and back pain.

Another reason that Naproxen is commonly prescribed to treat chronic conditions, more commonly than other NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen is because it is known as a long-acting NSAID. This means that it provides ongoing pain relief for a number of hours, meaning fewer doses per day. Long-acting NSAIDs are more commonly prescribed for chronic conditions, while fast-acting NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) are more commonly used to treat acute pain (like headaches).

Naproxen for period pain

Along with joint conditions, back pain and muscle aches, Naproxen is also commonly used to offer relief from period pain. Naproxen works by targeting the hormones that your body produces when inflammation occurs. By reducing these hormones, the pain sensation is blocked. This can be more effective than paracetamol (the exact action of which is unknown) when treating period pains.

The main key difference to bear in mind when using Naproxen for period pains is that you can buy this over the counter in a pharmacy. For other conditions, Naproxen is a prescription-only medication that you must obtain from a qualified prescriber.

When using Naproxen for period pains, the pharmacist will still ask you a number of questions to ensure that the medicine is appropriate and it’s important that you still follow the dosage instructions carefully. Taking too much Naproxen can heighten its side effects, with the most common being stomach upsets (tummy ache, vomiting, diarrhoea).

How to use Naproxen

Like with any medicine, it’s important to always use Naproxen as advised by a medical professional. If you have been prescribed it by a doctor then they will have advised what dose to take. If you have bought Naproxen from a pharmacy and are unsure of the dose, you should consult with a medical professional.

The tablets are taken orally and it’s best to take them with or just after a meal to reduce your risk of an upset stomach. While NSAID drugs are effective, it’s also common for them to cause stomach upsets and taking the medicine at the same time as food can reduce the risk of this.

If you do experience side effects and they persist then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. It may well be that another medicine may be more suitable or that they can offer additional advice on how to reduce the risk of side effects.

If you are taking Naproxen but can’t find the time to go and see your doctor for your next prescription, you may want to order Naproxen from UK Meds. Our online prescription service is discreet and confidential and you will be asked the same questions that you’d expect in a normal GP appointment. Once a prescriber has reviewed your online consultation, your medicine can be with you the very next day.