Naproxen overview

If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, your doctor might first recommend you try nonsurgical treatments to see if you can ease your pain with more conservative measures. In addition to low-impact exercise, stretching and physical therapy, a medical professional may also suggest medications to help manage your pain. One of these medications you might hear of is naproxen, which is often associated with the brand name Aleve. To learn about the function of naproxen, as well as the side effects associated with this medication, read the following article.

What is naproxen?

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly suggested to individuals with neck pain, back pain, stiffness, tenderness and swelling and due to conditions like arthritis of the spine. NSAIDs, such as naproxen, work by preventing the body from producing a substance that causes inflammation, pain and fevers.

What else should I know about naproxen?

Naproxen comes in both prescription and non-prescription forms and as either a tablet or a liquid. It is typically taken twice a day to help treat arthritis pain. In many cases, you can expect to see an improvement in your symptoms within two weeks, although it may take longer for you to experience the full effects of the medication.

As with any medication, always consult your doctor before starting a medication regimen and alert him or her of any potential health issues or other medications you’re taking that might cause problems. Side effects of naproxen can include the following:

  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Skin rash

Talk to your doctor right away if you experience any negative symptoms after taking naproxen.

Other alternatives to naproxen medication

While medications such as naproxen can potentially help many individuals manage the effects of degenerative spine conditions like arthritis, sometimes the symptoms of this condition continue after several weeks or months of medication. If you haven’t found pain relief from medication and other conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We offer minimally invasive spine surgery to help treat pain caused by bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, facet disease and a variety of other degenerative spine conditions. Our board-certified+ surgeons can recommend a minimally invasive decompression or stabilization surgery based on the type, severity and location of your spine condition.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery provides many advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery, and our streamlined experience reduces hospital-associated costs and helps patients quickly get back to their daily routine.^ Reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review* to learn if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery.