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Aleve

(Naproxen)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic available
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Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

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

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Upsides

  • 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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Downsides

  • 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.

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
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking

    Aleve (Naproxen) can increase your chance of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. Taking the lowest dose that works for you, for the shortest time possible, will lower your risk of having this problem. Don't take Aleve (Naproxen) after having heart surgery for at least two weeks.

    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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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol when taking diclofenac
Food
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Take smaller dose twice a day with food
  • Take it with food
  • I HAVE to take it with food or I get a mean stomach ache
Kidneys and liver
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • 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.
Pain
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Great relieve pain in 10 minutes after taking it 500mg was taking for a toothache works great actually last 11 hrs not 12
  • Took this in 2008 for pain in hand due to computer overuse. It relieved the pain some but the nausea and drowsiness were unreal.
  • Works better than anything else for tooth pain. Doesn't upset stomach either.
Sleep
  • Took this in 2008 for pain in hand due to computer overuse. It relieved the pain some but the nausea and drowsiness were unreal.
Weight
  • Forget it, 7 stone I put on in weight due to this medication!!! And that was within a few months, also it did nothing for the pain, in fact made it worse
  • Weight gain