Aleve Side Effects, General Information & How to Take

Aleve is one over the counter brand of the drug naproxen sodium 220mg. There are certain types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and naproxen is one of them.

Naproxen is used to relieve pain such as a headache, muscle aches, dental pain; menstrual cramps fever and relieve minor aches and pain due to the common cold or flu.

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Naproxen being an important drug works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, substances in the body that play a role in pain and inflammation.

The FDA approved naproxen in December 1991.

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Side effects:

A number of medications can cause side effects. A side effect is basically an unwanted response to a drug when it is taken in regular doses. They may be mild or severe, permanent or temporary.

The common side effects of naproxen (Aleve) are:

 

  • Rash
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Fluid retention
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Blood clots
  • Heart attacks
  • Blood pressure

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How to use this medication?

 

The most usual recommended dose of this medication for adults and children 12 to 65 years:  1 capsule and the tablet to be taken every 8 to 12 hours as needed or prescribed by the doctor.

For adults over 65 years of age, the usual dose is 1 capsule, but the tablet must be taken every 12 hours.

 

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Important instructions:

 

  • The most important point to remember is that the not more than 2 capsules should be taken within 24 hours periods
  • The pill should be taken with a full glass of water and after a particular
  • The medication should be taken for a very short period of time approximately for up to 5 days for pain and 3 days for fever.
  • If for some reason you miss a dose, do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Consult a doctor for this issue before taking medicine.
  • Naproxen should be kept at room temperature.

 

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Precautions:

  • Consult a doctor and let them know about your medical histories such as any allergic reactions to a specific medicine, or any blood disorders, heart diseases, blood pressure or liver issues.
  • While taking naproxen you may face kidney problems such as dehydration that can cause urine problems, so you must keep yourself hydrated.
  • After taking a dosage of this medication you may feel a bit dizziness and drowsiness, so must be sure not to drive.
  • Naproxen may cause stomach bleeding, so it is necessary to avoid daily use of alcohol.
  • This medication makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so limit the time you spend in the sun
  • Inform your doctor about any salt-restricted
  • Older adults such as in the age 60+ have more possibilities of facing the side effects of this medication.
  • The medication must not be taken during the first and last three months of pregnancy because it may harm the unborn baby.

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