Compare Naproxen vs. Acetaminophen With Codeine

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Aleve
(naproxen)

Tylenol #3
(acetaminophen / codeine)

Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.Treats mild to moderate pain. Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a good option to treat pain and cough as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.
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5.31Naproxen
Reviews for Naproxen
78%
of people (All ages) say Naproxen is worth it
48%
say it works well
5%
say it's a big hassle
978 reviews
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Reviews for Acetaminophen With Codeine
69%
+9% better vs. Naproxen
41%
+7% better vs. Naproxen
9%
+4% better vs. Naproxen
581 reviews
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Side effects
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How it works
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Aleve (Naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a combination pain medicine. Codeine is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.
Type of medication
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Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Alcohol
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    No alcohol related info.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Food
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    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
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    • Aleve (Naproxen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Aleve (Naproxen) for any amount of time.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    Pain
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    • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Good for as-needed pain and control.
    Sleep
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    No sleep related info.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • 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.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Provides quick relieve for mild to moderate pain to improve quality of life.
    • Good for as-needed pain and control.
    • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
    • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    Downsides and risks
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    • 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.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Acetaminophen with codeine if you need.
    • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
    • The non-opioid part of Acetaminophen with codeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
    • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
    • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Starts working in 30 minutes.
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
    • Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and using laxatives can help.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • Use it for the shortest time possible, and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't help enough for your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
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