Aleve

(naproxen)

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Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about naproxen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (naproxen)
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Upsides

  • 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.

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Downsides

  • 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.

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How it works

Aleve (naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks inflammation in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.

Quick facts about naproxen
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (naproxen)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Delayed-release pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Suspension
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What to expect when you take Aleve (naproxen) for Pain

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Side effect rates for Aleve (naproxen)

Risks and Warnings for Aleve (naproxen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time

    Aleve (naproxen) can increase your chances of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke. To lower your risk, take it at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible. Go to the emergency room right away if you experience chest pain, breathing problems, weakness in one side of the body, or difficulty speaking.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Aleve (naproxen)

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Food
  • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
  • Aleve (naproxen) needs to be taken with food or millk to lower the chances of getting an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Aleve (naproxen) can damage your kidneys if you take it for a very long time. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Aleve (naproxen).
Pain
  • Talk to your doctor before continued use if your pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days or your fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days.
  • Good for relieving pain from common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backache, and arthritis.