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A 47-year-old male asked:

I read that when using naproxen for chronic conditions (i.e.arthritis), it may take 2 weeks to get the full benefit. is the same true of all nsaids?

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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Rheumatology 37 years experience
More or less: Naproxen has a fairly short half life. Other NSAIDs such as nabumetone or oxaprozin have much longer half lives and in that case it will take the medication longer to reach a steady state. None the less, two weeks to a month is usually plenty of time to decide if a NSAID is helping or not.

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Last updated Sep 1, 2016

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