I use only when I suffer an attack, perhaps once or twice a year and find it very effective for pain relief. The over the counter alleve seemed to work better than the prescription version. I find as I get older (now 63), the attacks last longer - 2 to 4 weeks totally immobilized and further 4-6 weeks partial pain. my pain can be either foot, big toe, instep or ankle. All are affected but never at the same time. The pain seems to radiate from one area to the next. I used to be able to control the attack with overdose of cherry juice, which I now find ineffective. Preventive use of alluprinol was started, however it did not seem to do much and concern over long term use, made me stop. Now I am concerned over long term affects of uric acid build up in my main organs - is this a possibility? Should naproxen be taken only for short term pain, or can it be taken long term?
jimmymac28; You can take it just the way your are But if the attacks continue and get more and more often and longer check with your doctor. And the main thing is take it with food just to make sure your protecting the stomach. No worries on the uric acid if it was real high Naprosyn would not touch the pain. And the way your using it off and on is not even a concern Just make sure you always tell any Doctor your taking it if they are going to put you on something new. Good luck to you
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