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Is Naproxen an anti inflammatory?

25th January 2021

Naproxen is an effective painkiller used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. It offers ongoing relief to those who take it and is also an effective remedy for period pain. But what kind of painkiller is it and how does it work?

Is Naproxen an anti-inflammatory?

Yes, Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which means that it not only targets pain but also inflammation too. When you compare an NSAID drug to an opioid drug, opioids work to just block the signal in the brain that is triggering pain. While it may block pain effectively, it doesn’t actually do anything to help with the source of the pain.

NSAID drugs like Naproxen on the other hand, work to fight inflammation that is causing pain so that it has a dual action approach. This is why NSAID drugs are normally prescribed in the cases of joint disorders (like arthritis) because they work to fight the inflammation of the joints, as well as to relieve the pain that this causes.

How does Naproxen work?

Naproxen works by blocking the hormone that is produced when inflammation occurs. When something is inflamed in your body, your body produces hormones in response and send pain signals to your brain.

NSAID medication, work to reduce the hormone production so that the inflammation isn’t felt as much and the sense of pain is alleviated.

Naproxen is a long-acting NSAID, which means that it takes a little while longer to kick in (compared to short-acting NSAIDs like ibuprofen or aspirin) but it has a much longer lasting effect. This makes it ideal for treating chronic conditions such as gout or osteoarthritis because not only does it provide ongoing relief from pain, but it also means fewer doses of medicine per day.

What is Naproxen used for?

Naproxen is an effective painkiller that is prescribed for all kinds of ailments. It’s particularly common in being used to treat joint disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. These conditions are chronic, so a lot of people who are taking Naproxen will be doing so long term.

Naproxen is also a good option when treating muscle aches, back pain and period pains. Naproxen is generally a prescription-only medicine except in the case of using it for period pains. In this case, it can be bought over the counter in a pharmacy as long as the pharmacist deems it safe and suitable for you.

How can I buy Naproxen?

Naproxen is a prescription-only medication so you can either obtain it by visiting your GP for a prescription or by using an online prescription service like UK Meds. UK Meds is a regulated UK pharmacy and you can get prescription-only medicines delivered to your door by using our online consultation system.

Fill out an online questionnaire with some health and medical questions, a qualified prescriber will review it and if you are approved for treatment, your chosen medication can be with you quickly thanks to next day delivery.