Pain relief balancing act

Published: September, 2009

For people with heart disease, naproxen may be the best choice for easing pain.

Choices abound for easing the nagging pain of arthritis, a sore shoulder, bad back, or other ongoing problems. For this sort of long-term pain relief, most people reach for an over-the-counter painkiller like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, generic), ibuprofen (Motrin, generic), or naproxen (Aleve, generic). Some rely on prescription drugs such as celecoxib (Celebrex). A study supports the idea that one of these — naproxen — is easiest on the heart.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »