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Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used as a pain reliever/fever reducer.
It is available Over-the-Counter (OTC) for:
- Minor pain of arthritis
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscular aches
- The common cold
- Temporary reducing fever
And by prescription for:
- Relief of symptoms of osteoarthritis (the arthritis caused by age-related wear and tear on bones and joints), rheumatoid arthritis in adults, and juvenile arthritis
- Relief of signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis
- Reducing swelling and relieving pain caused by gout
- Relieving the signs and symptoms of tendonitis and bursitis
Side Effects of Aleve
Naproxen can cause stomach ulcers that bleed. The chance of this serious problem increases the longer you take naproxen and with higher doses of naproxen. Stomach bleeding can also happen suddenly while you take naproxen. Stop taking naproxen and call your healthcare provider right away if you get:
- A burning stomach pain
- Black bowel movements that look like tar
- Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
Allergic reactions: Naproxen can cause serious allergic reactions, including asthma-like symptoms (problems breathing, swallowing, and wheezing) and rash.
Liver damage: Stop taking naproxen and tell your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, flu-like symptoms, and dark urine.
Kidney problems: Naproxen can1 cause serious kidney problems, including sudden kidney failure or worsening of kidney problems that you already have.
Fluid retention: Naproxen can cause fluid retention (holding of water in your body) and swelling. Fluid retention can be a serious problem if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.
Pregnancy: Do not take naproxen during your last 3 months of pregnancy because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Breast-feeding: Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Who Should Not Take Aleve
Do not take naproxen if you:
- Ever had asthma, rhinitis, or nasal polyps after taking aspirin or other NSAID medicines. Aspirin-sensitive patients should not take naproxen as reactions have the potential of causing death.
- Have advanced kidney disease
- Are pregnant, especially your last 3 months.
Interactions with Aleve
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your healthcare provider may have to adjust your dose or watch you more closely if you take any of the following medications:
- Certain blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors
- Furosemide (Lasix)
- Warfarin (coumadin)
- Other NSAIDs
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