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any difference between naproxen and naproxen sodium?

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i've got a cyst i thought i'd try to treat with naproxen after reading lots of good stuff about it.

now the thing is i live in sweden and the tablets i have are called just Naproxen and the active ingredient is also listed as just Naproxen. so i wonder if there's any difference between naproxen and naproxen sodium or if they've just chosen to simplify the name or something along these lines.

and on a smaller note: i'm a guy. although i've read some i've never quite understood if naproxen has any effect whatsoever on guys?

thanks a lot!

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Yes. Naproxen and Naproxen Sodium, as on drug ingredient lists, are the same thing.

Often drugs are "tagged" to a metal ion (Sodium (na+) or potassium (K+) or other ion) to turn them into their "salt" form. These salt forms readily dissociate (break apart) into their consitutants when added water / solution (aka your stomach).

E.g. naproxen-sodium (salt) ----dissociates to---> Naproxen AND Sodium ion , independently floating around in a solution.

This is the same idea when you add table salt to water. NaCl (sodium chloride-(table salt)) ---dissociates to----> Na+ ions AND Cl- ions in solution (and the table salt seems to disappear, and now you have electrolytes in your water)

To answer your second question, gender is not a factor in the 'effectiveness' of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammitory Drugs), a group in which apirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are all part of of. So you don't have to be concerned about its effectiveness, or any female-associated symptoms when taking any of these products.

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