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Naproxen/naproxen sodium are members of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) family. NSAIDs reduce inflammation (swelling), pain, and temperature. Naproxen is used to treat mild to moderate pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, primary dysmenorrhea, tendinitis, bursitis, and other conditions. Naproxen and naproxen sodium are available in prescription strength; naproxen sodium is also available in nonprescription strength.

  • Support your medication’s effectiveness with copper 2 to 3 mg of copper per day may enhance naproxen’s anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Try a special licorice to help side-step a potential side effect Flavonoids in DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) may help prevent irritation of the stomach and intestines caused by NSAID use.
  • Take with food to avoid stomach upset Naproxen should be taken with food to prevent gastrointestinal upset.
  • Investigate your iron status NSAIDs may cause iron loss, and while supplements can irritate digestion, supplementation is sometimes needed to avoid deficiency. Ask your doctor to evaluate your iron levels during prolonged naproxen use.
  • Take this drug with certain supplements Natural substances such as lithium, sodium, and willow (Salix alba) may interact negatively with naproxen and shouldn’t be used at the same time.
  • Drink alcohol while using naproxen Alcohol may intensify potentially negative side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, and stomach problems, so people taking naproxen should avoid alcohol.

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