naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve

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GENERIC NAME: naproxen

BRAND NAME: Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Naproxen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include ibuprofen (Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. They work by reducing the levels of prostaglandins, chemicals that are responsible for pain, fever, and inflammation. Naproxen blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower concentrations of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. Naproxen was approved by the FDA in December 1991.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes; (Aleve, no)

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Anaprox (tablets): 275 and 550 mg
  • Naprosyn (tablets): 250, 375 and 500 mg
  • Naprosyn suspension: 125 mg/5ml
  • EC-Naprosyn: 375 mg
  • Aleve: 220 mg
  • Naprelan (controlled-release tablets): 375 and 500 mg.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2013



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