Compare ibuprofen vs. Naproxen

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

Advil (ibuprofen)

Over-the-counter

Aleve (Naproxen)

Prescription or OTC
Relieves pain, fever, and swelling.

Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 892 reviewsforibuprofen
Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 978 reviewsforNaproxen
Upsides
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
  • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
  • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
  • Aleve (Naproxen) works as well as Aspirin and Indomethacin to treat arthritis pain, and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
Downsides
  • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
  • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
892 
88%
think this treatment is worth it
52%
think this treatment works well
4%
think this treatment is a hassle

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978 
78%
think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
5%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Advil (ibuprofen) 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 warnings
  • Heart attack and stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    Asthma

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Heart attack or stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Bruising or bleeding

    Hemophilia

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Lower kidney function

    Kidney disease

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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