naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Is naproxen safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

NSAIDs may cause a fetal birth defect called ductus arteriosus (early closure of two major blood vessels of the heart and lung) in the third trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, NSAIDs should be avoided during this last part of pregnancy.

A small amount of naproxen is excreted in breast milk. Because the concentration in breast milk is low, breastfeeding while taking naproxen probably is not harmful to the infant.

What else should I know about naproxen?

What preparations of naproxen are available?

  • 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.

How should I keep naproxen stored?

Naproxen should be stored at room temperature: 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2015

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