**BEERS Drug**



Trade Name(s)

  • Aleve
  • Anaprox
  • Anaprox DS
  • Maxidol Canadian Tradename
  • EC-Naprosyn
  • Naprelan
  • Naprosyn

Ther. Class.
nonopioid analgesics
nonsteroidal anti inflammatory agents


  • Mild to moderate pain.
  • Dysmenorrhea.
  • Fever.
  • Inflammatory disorders, including:

    • Rheumatoid arthritis (adults and children),
    • Osteoarthritis.


Inhibits prostaglandin synthesis.

Therapeutic Effect(s):

  • Decreased pain.
  • Reduction of fever.
  • Suppression of inflammation.


Absorption: Completely absorbed from the GI tract. Sodium salt is more rapidly absorbed.

Distribution: Crosses the placenta; enters breast milk in low concentrations.

Protein Binding: >99%.

Metabolism and Excretion: Mostly metabolized by the liver.

Half-life: Children <8 yr: 8–17 hr; Children 8–14 yr: 8–10 hr; Adults: 10–20 hr.


PO (analgesic)1 hrunknown8–12 hr
PO (anti-inflammatory)14 days2–4 wkunknown


Contraindicated in:

  • Hypersensitivity;
  • Cross-sensitivity may occur with other NSAIDs, including aspirin;
  • Active GI bleeding;
  • Ulcer disease;
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery;
  • Lactation: Passes into breast milk and should not be used by nursing mothers.

Use Cautiously in:

  • Severe renal or hepatic impairment;
  • Cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease (may ↑ risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, and stroke, especially with prolonged use or use of higher doses); avoid use in patients with recent MI or HF;
  • History of ulcer disease or any other history of gastrointestinal bleeding (may ↑ risk of GI bleeding);
  • Chronic alcohol use/abuse;
  • OB:  Avoid using during third trimester; may cause premature closure of the ductus arteriosus;
  • Pedi:  Children <2 yr (safety not established);
  • Geri:  ↑ risk of adverse reactions.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

CNS: dizziness, drowsiness, headache

CV: HF, MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION, STROKE, edema, hypertension, palpitations, tachycardia

Derm: STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME, TOXIC EPIDERMAL NECROLYSIS, photosensitivity, rash, sweating, pseudoporphyria (12% incidence in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis–discontinue therapy if this occurs)

EENT: tinnitus, visual disturbances

F and E: hyperkalemia

GI: DRUG-INDUCED HEPATITIS, GI BLEEDING, constipation, dyspepsia, nausea, anorexia, diarrhea, discomfort, flatulence, vomiting

GU: cystitis, hematuria, renal failure

Hemat: blood dyscrasias, prolonged bleeding time

Resp: dyspnea


* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening.
Underline indicate most frequent.



Drug-Natural Products:

↑ anticoagulant effect and bleeding risk with  anise,  arnica,  chamomile,  clove,  dong quai,  feverfew,  garlic,  ginger,  ginkgo,  Panax ginseng,  licorice , and others.


275 mg naproxen sodium is equivalent to 250 mg naproxen


PO (Adults):  Naproxen– 250–500 mg twice daily (up to 1.5 g/day).  Delayed-release naproxen– 375–500 mg twice daily.  Naproxen sodium– 275–550 mg twice daily (up to 1.65 g/day).

PO (Children  >2 yr):  Analgesia:  5–7 mg/kg/dose every 8–12 hr.   Inflammatory disease:  10–15 mg/kg/day divided every 12 hr, maximum: 1000 mg/day.


PO (Adults):  Naproxen– 750 mg naproxen initially, then 250 mg every 8 hr.  Naproxen sodium– 825 mg initially, then 275 mg every 8 hr.

OTC Use (naproxen sodium)

PO (Adults): 200 mg every 8–12 hr or 400 mg followed by 200 mg every 12 hr (not to exceed 600 mg/24 hr).

PO (Geriatric Patients  >65 yr): Not to exceed 200 mg every 12 hr.



Delayed-release tablets (EC-Naprosyn): 375 mg, 500 mg

Extended-release tablets: 750 mg Canadian Tradename

Oral suspension (Naprosyn): 125 mg/5 mL

Rectal suppositories : 500 mg Canadian Tradename

Tablets (Naprosyn): 125 mg Canadian Tradename, 250 mg, 375 mg, 500 mg

In Combination with: esomeprazole (Vimovo).

Naproxen Sodium

Capsules (Maxidol): 220 mgOTC Canadian Tradename

Extended-release tablets (Naprelan): 375 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg

Tablets (Aleve, Anaprox, Anaprox DS): 220 mgOTC, 275 mg, 550 mg

In Combination with: pseudoephedrine (Aleve-D Sinus and Cold), sumatriptan (Treximet). See combination drugs.


  • Patients who have asthma, aspirin-induced allergy, and nasal polyps are at increased risk for developing hypersensitivity reactions. Assess for rhinitis, asthma, and urticaria.
  • Monitor BP during initiation and periodically during therapy. May cause fluid retention and edema leading to new onset or worsening hypertension.
  • Assess for rash periodically during therapy. May cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Discontinue therapy if severe or if accompanied with fever, general malaise, fatigue, muscle or joint aches, blisters, oral lesions, conjunctivitis, hepatitis and/or eosinophilia.
  • Pain: Assess pain (note type, location, and intensity) prior to and 1–2 hr following administration.
  • Arthritis: Assess pain and range of motion prior to and 1–2 hr following administration.
  • Fever: Monitor temperature; note signs associated with fever (diaphoresis, tachycardia, malaise).

Lab Test Considerations:

Evaluate BUN, serum creatinine, CBC, and liver function tests periodically in patients receiving prolonged therapy.

  • May ↑ serum potassium, BUN, serum creatinine, alkaline phosphatase, LDH, AST, and ALT tests levels. May ↓ blood glucose, hemoglobin, and hematocrit concentrations, leukocyte and platelet counts, and CCr.
  • Bleeding time may be prolonged up to 4 days following discontinuation of therapy.
  • May alter test results for urine 5-HIAA and urine steroid determinations.

Potential Diagnoses


  • Administration in higher than recommended doses does not provide increased effectiveness but may cause increased side effects. Use lowest effective dose for the shortest duration possible to minimize risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events.

    • Coadministration with opioid analgesics may have additive analgesic effects and may permit lower opioid doses.
    • Analgesic is more effective if given before pain becomes severe.
  • PO For rapid initial effect, administer 30 min before or 2 hr after meals. May be administered with food, milk, or antacids to decrease GI irritation. Food slows but does not reduce the extent of absorption. Do not mix suspension with antacid or other liquid prior to administration. Swallow extended-release, delayed-release, and controlled-release tablets whole; do not break, crush, or chew.
  • Dysmenorrhea: Administer as soon as possible after the onset of menses. Prophylactic treatment has not been shown to be effective.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to take medication as directed. Take missed doses as soon as remembered but not if almost time for the next dose. Do not double doses.
  • Advise patient to take this medication with a full glass of water and to remain in an upright position for 15–30 min after administration.
  • May cause drowsiness or dizziness. Advise patient to avoid driving or other activities requiring alertness until response to the medication is known.
  • Caution patient to avoid the concurrent use of alcohol, aspirin, acetaminophen, or other OTC medications without consulting health care professional. Use of naproxen with 3 or more glasses of alcohol per day may increase risk of GI bleeding.
  • Advise patient to inform health care professional of medication regimen prior to treatment or surgery.
  • Caution patient to wear sunscreen and protective clothing to prevent photosensitivity reactions (especially in children with JRA).
  • Instruct patients not to take OTC naproxen preparations for more than 3 days for fever and to consult health care professional if symptoms persist or worsen.
  • Advise patient to consult health care professional if rash, itching, visual disturbances, tinnitus, weight gain, edema, black stools, persistent headache, or influenza-like syndrome (chills, fever, muscle aches, pain) occurs.
  • Rep:  Advise females of reproductive potential to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected and to avoid naproxen starting at 30 wk gestation because of risk of premature closing of the fetal ductus arteriosus. May cause infertility in men and temporary infertility in women.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Relief of pain.
  • Improved joint mobility. Partial arthritic relief is usually seen within 2 wk, but maximum effectiveness may require 2–4 wk of continuous therapy. Patients who do not respond to one NSAID may respond to another.
  • Reduction of fever.

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