na·​prox·​en nə-ˈpräk-sən How to pronounce naproxen (audio)
: an analgesic and antipyretic NSAID C14H14O3 often used in the form of its sodium salt

Examples of naproxen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a pain reducer and anti-fever agent, acetaminophen can be important in pregnancy because other pain and fever medications like ibuprofen or naproxen should not be taken, says Dr. Keough. Sarah Scott, Parents, 15 Apr. 2024 Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can relieve arthritis pain and the inflammation that can go along with it. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen, for example, come with side effects, including nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, and heartburn. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 10 Jan. 2024 Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen) to help with inflammation and alleviate some of the pain. Jonathan Cluett, Md, Verywell Health, 9 Nov. 2023 Peptic ulcer disease is caused by bacteria — not coffee or stress The main causes are a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, experts said. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 Pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen help alleviate pain. Kristine Thomason, Health, 17 Aug. 2023 But note that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), and diuretics at the same time can cause kidney damage, according to the Mayo Clinic. Women's Health, 12 July 2023 Pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), like Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen), can help. Madeleine Burry, Health, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of naproxen was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Naproxen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


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