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Naproxen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat mild to moderate osteoarthritis pain. Naproxen is sold under the brand names Aleve and Naprosyn.

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Naproxen is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation and blood clot formation in the body.

How do I take it?
Take Naproxen according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Naproxen comes in tablet and oral suspension forms.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Naproxen lists common side effects including the sensations of spinning or constant movement, changes in hearing, upset stomach, and gas.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Naproxen include stroke, heart attack, and serious gastrointestinal injury.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to Naproxen during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at

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