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Aleve (Naproxen)

Prescription or OTC
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
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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.
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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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
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Risks and warnings
  • 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


    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions


    ...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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