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  • Naproxen
  • Naproxen


  • Medication features

    Naproxen is a strong anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain and swelling in joints and muscles. Naproxen is commonly used to treat symptoms arthritis. It is an example of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).  It works by preventing the release of inflammatory substances in the body that can lead to pain and swelling. Naproxen is prescribed in 500mg and 250mg doses.

    • Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID)
    • Relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Naproxen belongs to the same group of pain relief drugs as ibuprofen – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This type of pain relief drug is better at reducing pain than over the counter medications and have proven to be effective in managing pain and inflammation in gout.

This makes Naproxen an effective pain relief for a variety of pain symptoms. Most commonly, Naproxen is used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. However, Naproxen tablets are also suitable for relieving period pains, muscle disorders and back pain.


  • Is it okay to take Naproxen every day?

    Naproxen is mostly recommended for people who have short-term, non-serious injuries or pain. High doses of Naproxen taken over a long period of time are associated with the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

  • How long will Naproxen take to work?

    It can take up to two hours for Naproxen to reach its full effect; however, in most patients, it is quicker than this. The effects of Naproxen usually last 7-12 hours.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Naproxen?

    If you miss a Naproxen dose, then take another tablet when you remember. If a long time has passed, and it’s nearly time for the next dose, do not double up to make up for the missed Naproxen dose. 

  • Will Naproxen affect my driving?

    Naproxen can cause drowsiness (although it is not a common side effect) and it can affect your vision. Driving or operating machinery should be avoided if either of these side effects occurs when taking Naproxen.

  • Can I take Naproxen during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    Naproxen shouldn’t be taken in the first six months of pregnancy unless prescribed by a healthcare professional. It is not recommended in the last three months of pregnancy or during breastfeeding.

Side Effects

There is a general risk of side effects with all medications, including Naproxen. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking naproxen.

Some common side effects reported with naproxen use include:

  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Skin reactions
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Photosensitivity


Info Leaflet

Before taking Naproxen, or any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Naproxen Patient Information Leaflet