Aleve (Generic name: Naproxen), is a pain relieving medication that can be used for conditions like headaches, aches in muscles, dental pain, menstrual cramps and tendonitis.
How it works
This medicine belongs to a group of drugs known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). Certain aches and pains caused by inflammation occur due to some substances that are produced within our own body. Aleve helps to block the production process of these substances, giving you relief from the pain. It can also be used for the instances such as joint stiffness and swelling that arise because of arthritis/bursitis and gout attacks as well.
This medication will work best when you take it when the first signs of pain occur. It might not work properly if you wait for the pain to worsen. Also if you have ‘arthritis’ and are currently taking treatments for it, it is best to use some other form of medication instead of Naproxen, with the guidance of your doctor.
Use Aleve by mouth, generally 2 or 3 times a day with a full glass of water. The approximate dosage would be: 8 ounces/240 milliliters. It should be taken with antacid, milk or food to avoid any upsets in the stomach. Wait at least 10 minutes after taking this medication, if you are planning to lie down. A patient’s medical condition and response to treatment will decide the dosage that should be used by him/her. It should be taken for a short time at the lowest effective dose to reduce the risk of side effects. Make sure not to take it for a longer period of time. It might take around 2 weeks of regular intake for it to take affect when a certain condition like ‘arthritis’ is involved. If the condition is worsened your physician should be duly notified.
Serious side effects rarely occur to this drug, but if the following severe symptoms do arise, take immediate medical attention.
Bleeding/ bruising easily
Ringing in the ears
Changes in mood
Sudden weight gain
Changes in the amount of urine (could be a sign of a kidney problem)
Lesser known side effects might involve:
Nausea/upsets in stomach
If these or any other symptoms that are not mentioned here in this list occur, get prompt medical attention from your pharmacist or doctor.
If you have a history of medical issues with asthma, growths in the nose, heart disease, stroke or blood disorders, get medical advice before using Aleve. You should do this if the medication itself or its ingredients pose a threat of causing allergies in your body too. NSAID medicines like naproxen sometimes can cause problems in the kidney. So, if there is a change in your urine amount, inform your medical practitioner immediately. Also, limit alcohol and stop smoking while using this medicine as it might cause bleeding in the stomach. The drug may also make you more sensitive to the sun, so take precautions in order to avoid too much exposure to the sun or even sunlamps/tanning booths. Do not perform any actions that require sound alertness (driving/operating heave machinery) while using this medicine as it might cause drowsiness or dizziness.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, the doctor must be consulted before using Aleve, as it might affect the unborn baby/infant.