naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve

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GENERIC NAME: naproxen

BRAND NAME: Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve, Mediproxen

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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Naproxen is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, inflammation, and fever. It also is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis as well as dysmenorrheal (painful menstrual periods).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014



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