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5 Things You Need to Know About Aleve

By Contributor ; Updated August 14, 2017

Aleve Allows Relief

Aleve is a drug from the anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal family of drugs. These drugs are called NSAIDs. Its generic name is Naproxen. Aleve makes the hormones in the body that cause pain and inflammation back off, allowing relief from pain and swelling. It's an over-the-counter drug, but strong enough so that two tablets allow all day pain relief for many people.

Actions of Aleve

Aleve, or Naproxen (its other name), is good for temporarily reducing fever. It works on headache, backache, menstrual cramps, toothache and muscular aches and pains. The anti-inflammatory properties found in Aleve help many people with painful arthritis inflammation. Cold and flu symptoms often alleviate with Aleve.

Aspirin Allergists Avoid Aleve

If you are allergic to aspirin, don't take Aleve. Naproxen sodium may cause a serious reaction in people allergic to aspirin. Signs of allergic reaction include swelling of your face, tongue or lips. Tightness in the throat, as if your throat is closing up, is another sign of allergic reaction. Hives and shortness of breath are allergic symptoms. Get immediate medical attention for any of these symptoms. Serious side effects include bloody stools, difficulty in urinating, coughing up blood, severe tingling or numbness or muscle weakness. Purple spots appearing on the skin or seizures are also signs of serious side effects from Aleve.

Nip the Naproxen Time

Don't take Naproxen for extended periods of time, unless advised by your doctor. This type of drug increases the risk of heart or circulation problems in some people. Too much Aleve can increase heart attack or stroke risks. Aleve works well on an as-needed basis instead of regularly. If you take Aleve regularly and miss a dose, don't take extra to make up for what you missed. Just take a dose at the next scheduled time.

Aleve Is a Loner

Certain drugs, like blood thinners and diuretics, affect and interfere with Aleve. Some blood pressure medications may interact with Aleve and cause problems. Don't mix Aleve with aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and food supplements you're taking before you use Aleve in combination with other drugs. There may be several drugs not mentioned here that Aleve reacts to. When you are on prescription medicines, never start any new drug without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

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