na·​prox·​en | \ nə-ˈpräk-sən How to pronounce naproxen (audio) \

Definition of naproxen

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

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a theoretical basis for CBD lowering inflammation by inhibiting the same enzymes targeted by popular nonnarcotic pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Scott Douglas, Outside Online, 5 Feb. 2020 Early and mild PsA is often treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Claire Gillespie, SELF, 4 Apr. 2022 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually the first step for inflammatory arthritis conditions, according to the Arthritis Foundation; these include ibuprofen and naproxen. Sarah Bradley,, 13 Sep. 2021 Some drugs are more effective in men than women, including common over the counter ones such as ibuprofen and naproxen -- both forms of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 May 2021 Rheumatoid arthritis: Taking fish oil by mouth, alone or together with the drug naproxen (Naprosyn), seems to help improve symptoms of RA. Bryony Gilbey,, 11 Apr. 2021 NSAIDs include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, commonly known by the brand names Advil and Aleve. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2020 According to the American Migraine Foundation, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and indomethacin, can cause MOH when used 15 or more days per month. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 May 2020 There is anecdotal evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or naproxen may make Covid-19 worse, though more research is needed. Michael Hochman, STAT, 20 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 How to pronounce naproxen (audio) \

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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