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 Rheumatoid arthritis: Taking fish oil by mouth, alone or together with the drug naproxen (Naprosyn), seems to help improve symptoms of RA. Bryony Gilbey,, "The health benefits of fish oil," 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, "Pregnant women should not take ibuprofen after 20 weeks, FDA says. It could harm the baby's kidneys.," 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, "Treating rebound headaches with early preventative meds best choice, study finds," 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, "A new self-triage tool can help you decide if you need medical care for Covid-19," 20 Mar. 2020 She was prescribed naproxen, a fever reducer and pain reliever. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: This too will pass, and we’ll be stronger for it," 19 Mar. 2020 This advice is limited to people who are not already taking medication that increases the risk of bleeding, for example, an anticoagulant like Coumadin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Nsaid) like ibuprofen or naproxen. New York Times, "Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug," 9 Mar. 2020 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

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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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25 Apr 2021

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“Naproxen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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