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What is Naproxen UK?
Naproxen Over The Counter
Naproxen is not available over the counter, except lower dose quantities may be had from a pharmacist for period pain, without a prescription.
Naproxen is available on prescription as tablets or as a liquid that you drink. Naproxen can only be taken by children when it’s prescribed for them.
What Is Naproxen Used For?
We are often asked “What is Naproxen used for?”
To help with inflammation and healing, the body release chemicals known as Prostaglandins. When these chemicals are released, as well as the benefits, they also cause some negative side effects such as pain and fever.
These Prostaglandins are produced by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). Naproxen and other NSAIDs work to reduce the amount of COX-1 and COX-2 that are produced.
Whilst the COX-2 enzyme is the one that creates prostaglandins that cause pain and fever, the COX-1 enzyme helps protect the stomach lining from any damaging effects of acid. This is why when sometimes taking NSAIDs or Naproxen, your stomach can produce ulcers.
Naproxen 250mg and Naproxen 500mg is typically used pain relief. It reduces inflammation and pain in joints and muscles. For more information, take a look at Naproxen BNF.