Naproxen belongs to the group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is also
used for the relief of minor aches and pains in muscles, bones, and joints; mild-to-moderate pain accompanied by inflammation in injuries (e.g., sprains and strains); and menstrual cramps.
It relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing a substance in the body that leads to inflammation and pain. If immediate relief of pain is desired, the long-acting forms of naproxen (such as the enteric-coated forms) are not recommended as they release the medication over a longer period of time.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Riva Naproxen is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under naproxen. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.