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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For example, the expensive migraine drug Treximet is actually a combination of two older, low-cost generic drugs: sumatriptan and naproxen. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Nine tips for paying less for doctor visits, drugs and medical treatments," 19 Mar. 2018 Other early phase mainstays include naproxen, caffeine and aspirin. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Docs often dole out prescription NSAIDs like naproxen in higher doses than the OTC recommendation. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012 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

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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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