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What is the difference between Naprolen and Naproxen?
My previous doctor RX'd me naproxen and then I switched doctors and this new one RX'd me naprolen just now. I webmd'd this and it said that naprolen IS naproxen. He knows I'm on naproxen, so why'd he RX me what seems like the same thing?
kawaiinurse2012
08/22/07
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  Your doctor was being kind to you! Naprolen is the generic form of naproxen meaning it will cost you far less money. That is the major difference; you are still getting the same medication but at a major savings.
ilse72
08/22/07
Is it safe to take both naproxen & tylenol? Naproxen at night and tylenol during the day?
I need the naproxen for an inflamed piriformis muscle. but tylenol does me better as far as pain goes. The 550 naproxen does't begin to do a thing for pain.
hunnybunny
08/12/07
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  It is ok to take both. However, naproxen seems like a real weak med for inflamed muscle. In my opinion the best med for inflamed muscle is Ibuprofen, it helps so well. I , myself would take 400 to 600 mg of Ibuprofen, it really helps. Naproxwn never worked for me either. Hopes this helps.
kiki
08/12/07
How long does it take Naproxen gastrointestinal effects to subside?
I took Naproxen 3 days ago at midnight. I woke up with horrible wrenching stomach pains. I do not take naproxen regularly. I did take it with a bowl of cereal. However, it is now 3 days later, and I'm still feeling horrible pains of gas and acid indigestion, which by the way is way worse starting at 4am in the morning. I went to urgent care and they said it was the Naproxen. How long does it take to get over this?
Topcat2
03/14/08
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  You need to get something to help coat your tummy like Mylanta or Peptobismal until it subsides. It could of been an allergic reaction too. Just give it a little time. Some people it only take s afew days to get over and others it can take up to a week. Try the Peptobismal when you feel the upset coming on and it should help. You have to be really careful with Naproxen. Taking it with milk or some bread helps to buffer it in the tummy.
hsmommy06
03/14/08
What is considered long term use of naproxen?
Hi, I have reactive arthritis and I take sulfasalazine and naproxen 500 mg a day. I see all these postings that say risk of long term use for using naproxen includes gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular risks which increase with long term duration. However what they dont say is what is considered long term? Ive been on Naproxen since Jan. When should I start being concerned ? What are the signs?
Racaball
04/27/09
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  Naproxen is dangerous medication. I've taken it before in Aleve, and to be honest, it works really well, but it actually gives me heart pain. I tested this by discontinuing and starting it over, and the pain returned.
Stephen Riach
04/27/09
what is the difference between naprelan & naproxen ?
I have been taking naprelan for pain in my wrist & hands and it has been working ok. medicare quit paying for naprelan but would pay for naproxen. I have taken naproxen before and it gave me bad stomach pain, naprelan didnt. I tried naproxen recently and it gave me bad stomach again. What other medicine can I try that would help with my inflimation.
[email protected]
01/20/08
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  Naprelan is a brand name for sustained-release naproxen. Naproxen is the generic name for the drug. Basically naprelan is a long acting version of naproxen.

Its like buying Cheerios versus the generic store brand honey-crunch O-rings.

Other anti-inflammatories include ibupofen (Advil,motrin, generic,etc)
DesiDogg
01/20/08
equaline naproxen sodium seems MUCH less effective than other naproxen products. Has anyone else noticed this?
my gout was very much in control with allopurinol and another brand of naproxen..it came back fairly quickly when I switched to equaline brand (for cost).
m
09/24/10
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Naproxen vs. Naprelan? Anyonw know the difference?
The doctor gave me samples of Naprelan (naproxen sodium) for pain. Is there any difference or effect between regular non-prescription Naproxen (Alleve).
Digger
08/22/10
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  Naproxen is stronger, its used as an anti-inflammatory drug, used for arthritis.
Z
08/22/10
How much naproxen can I take and how often?
I've suffered chronic migraines for my entire life, though the last year or two they've gotten particularly bad. My doctor is trying to get me away from Imatrex, because I'm taking it ALL the time. She says I should take Naproxen. I've taken 400mg and I'm still dying. How much can I take without killing myself?
Jasmine
10/26/09
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  i take the 550mgs for my elbow injury, they are once every 12 hrs though, so i wouldn't advise taking 800
jon f
10/27/09
Mixing naproxen,acetaminophen and fexmid?
I have a lot of muscle pain that flares up occasionally. I had a prescrip for 500 mg of vimovo (naproxen and esomerprazole magnesium) and Fexmid 7.5 mg (cyclobenzaprine). I took the naproxen thinking it was a muscle relaxer and then took two 500 mg of acetaminophen. I checked the internet to make sure that was not a problem and it looks okay. But i would like to take the fexmid (muscle relaxer) but do not want to have an interaction. Anyone know about this? Thanks for your help.
SARA
07/07/11
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  I do not know what the espo magnesium is but you can take the flexeril (FEXMID) with the acatamenophen and naproxin.
Donnao
07/07/11
Can you take acetaminophen and naproxen sodium at the same time?
Can you take acetaminophen and naproxen sodium for pain at the same time.? My father takes 8 acetaminophen tablets a day for arthritis and had a fall. Can he take naproxen sodium also?
southern42belle
11/22/08
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  Yes you can take those meds together, they are from completely different families of drugs. Although I would not recommend continuing either of them for a long period of time. Long term use of acetaminophen can cause liver damage, but not addictive. Naproxen is an anti inflammatory which will help your father with any pain or swelling he may have right after his fall, it to is not a narcotic or additive but it can damage the lining in the stomach causing pain with possible GI bleed if used long term.
Jenn
11/22/08
How would you compare Naproxen to Hydrocodone for pain relief?
I recently had some Hydrocod-APAP 325mgs from my motor vehicle accident, but recently ran out. I found some Naproxen 500mg in my medicine cabinet and wanted to ask experienced people's opinions on how the pain relief feels different.

I understand that Hydrocodone is an opiate analegic and Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory, but I would still like to see how people compare the 2.
edas s
07/15/08
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  You can't compare them,, they are different and they effect your body different. One is for pain and the other is for inflammation.
Here is a good link you should check out for Rx info.
http://pdrhealth.com

And the 325 you are talking about in the hydrocodone is the Tylenol in it not the narcotic. You probably meant 5/325 which is 5 mg. of hydrocodone. I take hydrocodone, just a different strength every day for a spine injury

And I agree with the RN. If the naproxen provides pain relief you will be far better off taking it. Good luck
Chas
07/15/08
Why would someone take these pills all at once?
Naproxen, premarin, and estraderm.
Naproxen, Premarin, Estroderm(patch).

*She had a hysterectomy a couple of years ago.
__________________________________

Thank you for all your answers! You really helped!
Ashley B
08/28/08
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  Naproxen (anti-inflammatory) for pain or swelling... premarin estrogen pills) for contraception, for estrogen replacement therapy or just for regulating periods... and estraderm as an additional (and more nearly human) skin or vaginal estrogen supplementation.

I'd guess you're talking about a menopausal woman or a woman who's had a total hysterectomy or double oophorectomy... but that's just a guess.
HuggyBunny4Her
08/28/08
What works better for menstrual cramps naproxen or ibuprofen?
I heard From my cousin who is in nursing school that naproxen does because it numbs the contraction (cramps) instead of stopping it. Is this true?
Bandie12
11/11/10
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  I would use Naproxen, Ibuprofen is good when there is inflammation, much the same as Naproxen.

The problem with any drug, even over the counter types, is that they all have side effects that can be worse than the symptom that you are trying to relieve.

Anyone that uses Ibuprofen on a regular basis should be aware that excessive use can be near fatal.
My brother in-law used Ibuprofen almost everyday for even the most minor pain. While it took several years he did develop an inability to produce platelets and then the ability to fight off infections.
He almost died and may well have died had he not received a bone marrow transplant.

I would, if I were a woman, just have a cup of camomile tea to relieve the cramps. I would be careful in taking it if I were to become pregnant.
justgetitright
11/11/10
Is Naproxen Sodium available over the counter as a suppository? If not, can gelcaps be used intrarectal?
I'm not always able to eat as much or as often as I need to in order to take Naproxen, which I do for Arthritis. While I certainly wouldnt make this a common route, I'm interested in this as a backup for erratic schedules, nausea, etc. Please qualify your answers with a source
Mortagnan
12/08/09
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  to my knowledge, indomethacin is the only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent that comes in a suppository. not sure if the gelcaps would work as they're designed to dissolve in the stomach
which is highly acidic (pH 1.6). have you tried relafen (nabumetone) ? it may be taken in
a single 1000mg dose. if you're experiencing nausea and anorexia, i suggest you look to the
naproxen as it commonly causes GI upset. in fact, the most common side affect of all NSAID's
is GI upset. you may find relafen to be easier on your stomach than naproxen.
sal1970
12/08/09
Naproxen????
I'm 13 and i take Naproxen a couple times a month for cramps.
I herd from a couple people that it can cause stomach bleeding.
Can it?
Amanda
09/13/07
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  Yes, one of the effects of Naprosyn- naproxen sodium- is the possibility of stomach bleeding. However, that will be true of most of the pain relievers you would take, they are all known to be possible causes for stomach irritations. However, it is not a highly probably problem for you, given your age and the frequency of use. It's a problem much more associated with old age and constant high dose use, and when there are already stomach problems present- like ulcers. As long as you are careful to take it with food or milk, and aren't drinking alcohol, you won't likely have any problems like bleeding at all. When you are looking at the side effects and complications of taking medicines, you need to keep in mind that in drug studies, the pharmaceutical companies have to report EVERYTHING that was noted in the test population. Even if a problem only happened once in the test group of say a few thousand, it still has to be reported, even if it doesn't make sense at all- like somebody complaining they got a sore throat while taking a medicine to treat their knee pain. I also use Naprosyn a couple days a month, and have done so for years now. It works better for me than anything else, I only take a couple per day, for a max of 2-3 days. I suspect this is how you use it as well. Don't let your friends scare you. All medicines have some kind of side effects that must be listed on the inserts, it's the law. The trick is learning to read them and put the risks in some sense of proportion, and deciding how high the risk is versus what good it will do you. In this case, the risk of bleeding is low, and suffering is pretty much the only other choice. So take your naproxen with food or milk, and relax.
The mom
09/13/07
Does naproxen help boost the effects of zomig?
I know naproxen helps imitrex but does it help zomig?
kaloka
09/05/07
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  Not in a pharmacokinetic way. I don't see where they interact at all to potentiate or interfere with each other.
Steve F
09/05/07
A took Naproxen Sodium for a headache and i had a side effect from it (swollen lips) how do i treat it?
Does anyone know how to treat it other than stop taking naproxen, i didn't know i was allergic to it until i looked up the side effects.
Mariana
07/30/10
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  Swollen lips are a sign of an allergic reaction. You need to get medical attention. There is a chance that a severe reaction could develop and effect you breathing. Take some Benadryl to halt the reaction, and see a doctor.
bananafish
07/30/10
is naproxen sodium the same as ibuprofen?
I was just curious if anyone knew if naproxen sodium is the same as ibuprofen or motrin. I want to make sure of side effects before I take anything.
kitykatt09
10/13/08
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  No!

naproxen is Aleve.

Ibuprofen is Advil

Ibuprofen is also Motrin.

http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/find-drug-24669-25.html
http://www.healthcentral.com/osteoarthritis/find-drug-1155-150.html

When I take Ibuprofen I never notice any side effects but, naproxen makes my stomach hurt sometimes.
Toad
10/13/08
what is naproxen sodium, and can i mix it with other pain relievers?
i have a killer toothache.... hurts so much i'm having a hard time opening my eyes... which makes driving difficult and my dentist told me to take 2 tylenol and 2 advil every 4 hours.... now i found some ibuprofen, so that covers the advil... but i don't have any acetaminophen, but i did find some naproxen sodium...
i just don't want to give myself liver failure or something.
Lauren
09/18/07
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  Naproxen sodium (Aleve) is excellent for toothache. When you do combinations of pain relievers for acute pain (like toothache), you hit different pain receptors and have a better chance of reducing the discomfort.

First of all - it is safe to take 800 mg of ibuprofen at a time up to 3 times a day for a daily total of 2400 mg. This is the same dose as the prescription strength motrin. If you increase it to this dose, you will definitely feel better. Ibuprofen is primarily excreted by the kidneys.

You can still add the Tylenol if you need to after 2 hours, but it doesn't have anti-inflammatory properties.

If you take 2 of the over the counter Aleve (which is roughly the same as the prescription dose of Anaprox), DON'T repeat it every four hours. This medication is longer lasting, so you can only take it every twelve hours.

Please make sure you eat something before taking the higher doses of anti-inflammatories - they tend to tear up an empty stomach.

Good luck, and hope you feel better!
RayeKaye
09/18/07
Can I take naproxen sodium and excedrin?
I am wondering if it's safe to take naproxen sodium (Aleve) and Excedrin (acetaminophen) together. Excedrin also has caffiene in it, I believe.
Lisa
04/28/10
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  I do believe that Excedrin also has aspirin in it as well as acetaminophen and caffeine. Since aspirin is an NSAID (Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug) as is naproxen I would suggest asking your doctor or your pharmacist about taking both at the same time as it is usually recommended you avoid combining NSAID's.
bo37rn
04/28/10
I was prescribed naproxen and cephalexin for swollen arm is this safe?
I was prescribed naproxen and cephalexin for my tricep (above my elbow) being swollen and the doctor didnt know the cause of it. So I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this or knows anything about these 2 prescriptions? Thanks.
Also, Im worried about taking it because the doctor wasn't sure if it was an infection under the skin or a blood clot or something else and im 19.
hd
04/01/11
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  naproxen I believe is a pain killer, cephalexin is an antibiotic. If you are concerned about a medication, call your pharmacist and ask.
Bolt
04/01/11
How long does Naproxen stay in your system?
I understand that it is not a recreational drug and no one tests for it, but it is an NSAID. NSAIDs can cause false positives for marijuana in urine tests. That being said, how long does Naproxen (Aleve) stay in your system.
MCMoose18
03/12/09
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  Generally up to 72 hours
Jenni
03/12/09
What can you take when allergic to tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen and you have Chondrosarcoma?
My finace has Chondrosarcoma in his spine and he is allergic to tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Is there anything out there that he can ask his doctor for, for pain? He's tried tramadol and it really didn't do anything for him. The cancer is located close to his spinal cord and he says he is worried that if it is removed he will be paralyzed for life and refuses to go through that. Any help??
hjp
01/12/10
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  Talk to the doctor, Tramadol is a synthetic codeine, there are other versions of it that are stronger(synthetic codeine), Darvon comes in pill form with aspirin.
Poppy
01/12/10
What's the difference between these pain pills?
I was taking Naproxen with Advil, but it made me feel sick to my stomach.

So, the doc put me on Sulindac with Advil, which made me even sicker to my stomach, along with some other bad side effects.

Now, he has given me Tramadol and I feel pretty good right now.

All they are in the same class of drugs or can someone give me some more insight as to the differences of Naproxen & Tramadol?

Anything special to watch out for?

Thanks for any help.
ohhhdear
09/20/09
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  Naproxin and Advil are both NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. By taking both at once you are basically over-dosing because the two medications are so similar. I'm not familiar with Sulindac. But given your reaction, I guess it is a similar medication. Tramadol is not an NSAID. So you are not getting the overdose effect. Did you tell your doctor you were taking the Advil? If he knew you were taking it he shouldn't have prescribed another NSAID or he should have told you to stop taking the Advil. If you are taking multiple pain relievers, make sure they are not in the same class of drugs.
James L
09/20/09
How to treat an allegic reaction to naproxen sodium (aleve)?
So, I found out I was allergic to aleve a few months ago when my lips swelled and I broke out in hives. And I've avoided taking it since until yesterday when I took Midol which contained naproxen sodium. Last time I went to the doctor and they gave me a steroid treatment. But I want relief today but my doctor is closed on a sunday! Does benedryl make a difference? I have the tablets and Ive been using ice on my lips.
Thanks!
Lacey
04/05/09
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My father is taking Naproxen Sodium (Skelan) is it harmful for the liver?
My father has a history of fatty liver and he is taking Naproxen Sodium (Skelan) 3 times a week to help him exercise. Does taking Namproxen Sodium outweighs the benefits due to the fact of his liver condition?
ken j
06/11/09
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  All I can say is Naproxen is used for all forms of arthritis, inflammatory disorders, gout, back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, bone pain, period pain, migraine and general pain relief. It should be used with caution in psychiatrically disturbed patients, epilepsy, severe infection, heart failure and kidney disease. And do not take if suffering from peptic ulcer at present or in recent past, If your due for surgery (including dental surgery), Suffering from bleeding disorders or anaemia, Or suffering from proctitis.(suppository only).
Common side effects are stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation, heart burn, nausea, headache, dizziness. Unusual side effects are blurred vision, stomach ulcer, ringing noise in ears, retention of fluid, swelling of tissue, drowsiness, itch rash, shortness of breath. Severe but rare effects (stop medication, consult a doctor): Vomit blood, pass blood in faeces, other unusual bleeding, asthma induced by medication. It also has interactions with other drugs and must not be used with anticoagulants (eg. warfarin), probenecid, diuretics, lithium, methotrexate, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors.
Zambezi_Afterdark
06/11/09
Difference between Etodolac and Naproxen?
What is the difference between Etodolac and Naproxen if any.
shawn s
07/11/07
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  They are both NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but are not the same drug.
Naproxyn is the trade name for Aleve, Etodolac's trade name is Lodine
Because they are a different chemical make up, if one drug does not work well for you, the other one might have the desired effect.
AtsiLass
07/11/07
Does anyone know where you can buy Naprosyn (naproxen) without a prescription?
S.
12/26/07
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  Aleve-over the counter
momvader73
12/26/07
is it possible to get high off of naproxen (naprosyn) and how much would somebody have to take?
i just want to know.

im not going to do it or anything.
all i want to know is if its possible.

i really am not going to do it, im just worried about my friend.
lacey™
01/10/08
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  Kidney failure or Stomach ulcer is a possibility.
RN
jackmatt
01/10/08
can i take ultracet or naproxen or ultram while taking saboxone?
I need to find a good pain reliver that is not an opiate.
Anna M
07/14/08
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  Your best (and safest) bet would be to ask a pharmacist if there are any interactions listed between those drugs. Doctors and pharmacists both have access to a database of drug and supplement interactions and they can tell you quickly if you can safely take them together or not.... anyone here will just have a best guess from searching on the internet (which isn't always accurate, as we all know) ;-) Good luck!
oldtimekid2
07/14/08

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