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Naproxen is a medication that is used to provide pain relief from various ailments. Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID and can be effective in treating attacks of gout.

  • NSAID medication
  • Works to treat gout flare-ups
  • Painkilling effect
  • Genuine medication
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After an online consultation with a prescriber, you will be able to buy Naproxen from UK Meds if your conditions indicate it. If you already have a prescription, we can fulfill it for you. If not, the online consultation will ensure that this medication is the right one for your medical condition.

Can you buy Naproxen over the counter in the UK?

In the UK, Naproxen is a prescription-only medication (NHS, 2022). If you wish to purchase this medication, but do not have a prescription, our prescriber service may be able to help you. You can take advantage of this service during the check-out process. In short, no, Naproxen is not over-the-counter medication.

It is a medication that is used to provide pain relief from various ailments. Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID (NHS, 2022).

Naproxen works by blocking the body’s production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation (WebMD, 2024).

Type of drugnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Health conditions prescribed forGout, arthritis symptoms (swelling, inflammation, joint pain & stiffness)
Active IngredientsNaproxen
Brand namesNaprosyn, Stirlescent
Available strengths250mg, 500mg
Available asTablets
Possible side effectsRash, dizziness, sleepiness / tiredness, changes in vision, confusion, headaches, ringing in the ears
Patient Information LeafletFor more information on the medication please refer to the patient information leaflet for the Naproxen.

For more information on the prescription medication patients should refer to the Naproxen patient information leaflet.

Video: An overview of Naproxen

In the video below Advanced Specialist Pharmacist at the University Hospitals of Leicester, Yasir Sacranie MPharm PGDip (GPhC number: 2215086), explains key facts about Naproxen:

@micropharm Pharmacist explains naproxen #fyp #foryoupage #pharmacy #medicine ♬ original sound - Yasir Sacranie

Naproxen is beneficial in providing relief from pain from various conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, and dental pain (WebMD, 2024). It is also beneficial in reducing the pain, swelling, and joint stiffness caused by gout attacks, bursitis, and arthritis (Mayo Clinic, 2023).

You should read first the medication guide or patient information provided for in the information leaflet that comes with the product package before you start using Naproxen.  Ask your doctor or your pharmacist if you have any questions about the use and safety of the medication.

Take Naproxen by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 1 or 2 doses a day with a full glass of water (NHS, 2022). Avoid lying down within ten minutes after taking this medication (WebMD, 2024). Take Naproxen with food, milk, or an antacid in order to avoid having an upset stomach (NHS, 2022).

To reduce the risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects, take Naproxen at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time; do not increase your dose or take Naproxen more than directed by your doctor (WebMD, 2024). For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, take this medication continuously as directed by your doctor (NHS, 2022). For arthritis, the full benefit of this drug may show after about two weeks of continuous use (Medline Plus, 2022).

If you are taking Naproxen as needed, you should remember that pain medication like Naproxen works best when used as the first signs of pain occur (WebMD, 2024). The medication may not work well if you wait until the pain has worsened.

Inform your doctor if your condition will not improve or if it gets worse.

You should always follow your doctor's advice on the correct dosage of Naproxen to take to treat your case of gout. Typically, the usual dose of Naproxen is 1 to 2 doses a day (NHS, 2022), or as directed by your doctor. The dosage of this medication is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

Naproxen Reviews

See what gout patients have to say about their experiences with the medication by taking a look at the naproxen user reviews and experiences available at Drugs.com and Web MD.

Naproxen FAQs

Naproxen has been found to be an effective treatment for alleviating the inflammation of acute gout (Roddy et al, 2020; Willkens et al, 1975).

Whilst interactions haven't been found between naproxen and colchicine, it does not necessarily mean that no interactions exists between the two gout treatments (Drugs.com). This is why it is important to always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting treatment with any medication.

Strictly speaking, there isn't a simple answer to whether naproxen or ibuprofen is better as a treatment for gout. Whilst they are both NSAID medications, the answer will depend on the gout patient's individual circumstances and what their doctor deems the most appropriate and safe; whilst Ibuprofen is short acting, naproxen is long acting and could increase the possibility of the patient experiencing stomach upset (Drugs.com, 2023).

We've provided a summary table below comparing the NSAID medications Naproxen & Ibuprofen (used to treat gout) below:

Naproxen vs Ibuprofen Comparison

Naproxen

Ibuprofen

Type of medicine

NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) painkiller

NSAID painkiller

Conditions treated

Headaches

Back pain

Period pain and menstrual cramps

Toothaches

Strains

Sprains

Muscle aches

Sports injuries

Pain from arthritis

Tendonitis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Gout

Bursitis

Headaches

Back pain

Period pain and menstrual cramps

Toothaches

Strains

Sprains

Muscle aches

Sports injuries

Pain from arthritis

Active ingredient(s)

Naproxen

Ibuprofen

Dose

Typically Naproxen 250mg or 500mg per tablet or dose (sometimes more)

Typically Ibuprofen 200mg or 400mg (sometimes more, but only under supervision of a doctor)

Formulation

Oral tablets

Oral tablets (sometimes liquid syrup or dissolvable capsules or powder)

Side effects

Gastric side effects including upset stomach, heartburn, stomach pain, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhoea. Headaches, confusion, ringing in the ears (tinnitus),

drowsiness and tiredness, dizziness, changes in vision, rashes

Headaches, feeling sick or vomiting, excessive wind, indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea, skin rashes and itching (hives)

Available over the counter?

No

Yes

Available from UK Meds?

Yes

Yes

Author

Content author

Scott Weaver

Medical Content Writer • Bachelor of Arts Degree

Scott is an experienced, skilled content writer dedicated to creating helpful and accessible medical content for UK Meds.

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Medical Reviewer

Medical Reviewer

Alexis Missick

General Practitioner (GP) • MBChB

With a decade of experience in the NHS and six years internationally, Alexis is a seasoned General Practitioner hailing from Turks and Caicos.

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