na·prox·en | \nə-ˈpräk-sən \

Definition of naproxen 

: an analgesic and antipyretic NSAID C14H14O3 often used in the form of its sodium salt

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These can include ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or a prescription anti-inflammatory like mefenamic acid (Ponstel). Sari Harrar, Good Housekeeping, "4 Perimenopause Period Symptoms That Could Be Serious," 23 Jan. 2013 Unable to keep down food or move his bowels, he was treated for pain with naproxen — which can cause or worsen ulcers — and then for constipation. NBC News, "Feds admit liability for death of Alabama inmate who died of ulcer," 4 June 2018 Those include aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which could increase risk of bleeding. Larry Barszewski,, "Mosquitoes that carry Zika could bring deadlier yellow fever this year," 5 May 2018 This could also be one reason why trials of anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen or rofecoxib have gone the same way as other potential treatments and shown no benefit in people with Alzheimer’s, says Heneka. Alison Abbott, Scientific American, "Is "Friendly Fire" in the Brain Provoking Alzheimer's Disease?," 24 Apr. 2018 There’s also no scientific consensus about how effective CBD is compared with anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or naproxen. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Why Athletes Are Ditching Ibuprofen for CBD," 20 Apr. 2018 Half were treated with opioids and half with non-opioid medications — either common over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen or naproxen, or prescription drugs like topical lidocaine or meloxicam. NBC News, "Jury's in: opioids are not better than other medicines for chronic pain," 7 Mar. 2018 Inside the car, police found 16 naproxen pills, a phone and other items. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman crashes car into liquor store after police pursuit," 20 Mar. 2018 Vimovo is a combination of the common painkiller naproxen and esomeprazole. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drug maker hikes price of 2-in-1 painkiller >2,000%—$36 drugs now $3,000," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of naproxen

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for naproxen

naphthyl (a derivative of naphthalene) + propionic acid + oxy + -en (as in ibuprofen)

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na·prox·en | \nə-ˈpräk-sᵊn \

Medical Definition of naproxen 

: an anti-inflammatory analgesic antipyretic drug C14H14O3 administered especially to treat arthritis often in the form of its sodium salt C14H13NaO3 — see aleve, naprosyn

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