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Back pain

Back pain


Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months.

Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.

In most cases the pain isn't caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.

There are things you can do to help relieve it. But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.


Naproxen is a powerful anti-inflammatory painkiller. It is used to relieve muscular and joint pain as these normally also involve some sort of inflammation.

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It has a similar method of action of the over-the-counter medicine ibuprofen; it blocks chemicals that cause pain and inflammation at the site of injury.

Naproxen is a stronger anti-inflammatory than ibuprofen and is used in moderate pain and inflammation or where ibuprofen has been ineffective.

Naproxen is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by conditions such as:

Back pain




Menstrual cramps

Naproxen is thought to have less side effects than other anti-inflammatory drugs, with it being less harsh on the stomach than treatments such as ibuprofen or diclofenac.

Naproxen should always be taken with or after food to help protect the stomach lining.

Naproxen is suitable to purchase following a short consultation with our pharmacist for those with short-term, non-serious injuries that do not require a visit to the doctor.

For serious injuries or long-term conditions, it is more appropriate to see your GP for examination and management.

You can take Naproxen with paracetamol and opioid-type painkillers such as codeine, co-codamol, tramadol or morphine.

However, don't take aspirin, or other related anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or diclofenac, as this heightens the risk of side effects on the stomach and intestines. If you take selective inhibitors of COX-2 such as etoricoxib or celecoxib you should not take Naproxen for the same reason.

It is important to remember that cold and flu remedies and over-the-counter painkillers often contain ibuprofen or aspirin. For this reason, you should avoid these medications while you're taking naproxen to prevent an accidental interaction. Check the ingredients of other medicines you wish to take before taking them with naproxen, or ask us for advice.

You should also check with us before you use anti-inflammatory gels (such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, ketoprofen or piroxicam) alongside Naproxen tablets, because this is not safe for everyone.

If you take any of the following medicines, we will need check that your kidneys are functioning properly. The blood tests will be conducted twice a year by your doctor. Please inform us about your exams when you order to prevent any delays.

You may have an increased risk of side effects on the kidneys if you take Naproxen with any of the following medications:

ACE inhibitors, e.g. enalapril, captopril


Diuretics, e.g. .furosemide.

Naproxen may reduce the body’s removal of the following medicines from the body and thus may increase the risk of their side effects:




Naproxen may counteract the blood pressure lowering effects of certain high blood pressure treatments, such as:

ACE inhibitors such as captopril

Calcium-channel blockers such as amlodipin

Beta-blockers such as atenolol

If you take Naproxen with quinolone antibiotics, such as or norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin you may have an increased risk of seizures, particularly if you have epilepsy.

Probenecid may reduce the body’s removal of Naproxen. If you take this combination, inform your doctor if you develop Naproxen side effects; your dose may need to be lowered.

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Meiklejohn Pharmacy
141-143 Harrowden Road
MK42 0RU

01234 353630
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