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 Ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, and other NSAIDs are effective across a variety of common conditions, from acute musculoskeletal pain to chronic arthritis., "NSAIDs: How dangerous are they for your heart?," 23 Oct. 2019 Staying away from acetaminophen products while imbibing is quite important, so try to go for aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen to punch your headache. Danielle Guercio,, "5 simple ways marijuana can help you smash a hangover," 26 Aug. 2019 Other things that can help people with this condition are to stay off their feet and rest, and taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Treat heel discomfort for improved mobility, less pain," 19 July 2019 The pain relievers people rely on — aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen — were invented generations ago and aren’t always effective for severe pain. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Vertex sets its sights on taming pain," 11 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Naproxen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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