Compare Celebrex vs. naproxen

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Celebrex (Celecoxib)

Prescription only

Aleve (naproxen)

Prescription or OTC
Relieves pain and inflammation.

Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 550 reviewsforCelebrex
Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

Aleve (naproxen) works well for treating mild to moderate pain or inflammation and lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 978 reviewsfornaproxen
Upsides
  • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
  • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
  • Aleve (naproxen) is effective for treating pain, inflammation, and fever.
  • Good for relieving pain from common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backache, and arthritis.
  • It lasts longer than other NSAIDS so you don't have to take it as often.
  • Aleve (naproxen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
  • Aleve (naproxen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
Downsides
  • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
  • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
  • Aleve (naproxen) needs to be taken with food or millk to lower the chances of getting an upset stomach.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Aleve (naproxen) is as not safe for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older compared to some alternatives.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Aleve (naproxen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Suspension
Price
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Reviews
550 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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78%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
5%
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Side effects
The Celebrex (Celecoxib) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Aleve (naproxen) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Heart attack and stroke
    • Long-term use
    • History of heart disease
    • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
  • Stomach bleeding
    • Age 65 or older
    • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
  • Increased blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • Increased swelling (edema) and fluid retention
    • History of heart failure
  • Skin reactions
  • Asthma attacks
    • History of asthma
  • Lowered kidney function
    • Kidney Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Liver Disease
    • Also taking diuretics
    • Also taking ACE inhibitors
    • Also taking Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
    • Age 65 or older
  • Harm to unborn babies
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
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  • Heart attack and stroke
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding or ulcer
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
    • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Smoking
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Severe allergic reaction
    • Asthma
    • Nasal polyps
    • Aspirin allergy
    • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart failure
    • Taking certain high blood pressure medications
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)
    • Women who want to or can become pregnant
    • Pregnant women
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