Aleve is the trade name of Naprozen and is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug as well as nonselective COX inhibitor. The biological half-life of this drug is 12-24 hours. It is available in tablet form.
Aleve is used in treating minor pains of arthritis, muscular aches, menstrual cramps, headache, toothache, backache and common cold. This drug works by reducing hormones that cause pain as well as inflammation in the body. It helps to get relief from pain temporarily.
Aleve is taken by mouth, usually 2 to 3 times per day as directed by the medical practitioner. Drink lots of water whilst taking the medication.
It is very important not to lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking Aleve. The pills can be taken along with milk, food, as well as antacid to avoid stomach upset. Just like other pills, dosage strength depends on the severity of the condition, tolerance, as well as response to the treatment.
Lower dose of Aleve can be taken for a shorter span of time to avoid stomach bleeding as well as similar conditions.
Take Aleve only for the prescribed period of time to get maximum benefit especially for conditions like arthritis. Medication works well when the course of therapy is taken after experiencing initial symptoms of the disease. Hence never wait till the condition worsens to get treated.
Patients who take Aleve may experience some side effects. Swelling, weight gain, shortness of breath, skin rash, stomach bleeding, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, jaundice, kidney or liver problems, swelling in feet or ankles, light heads, abnormal heart rate, trouble concentrating, sore throat, skin rash and anemia are a few among them. Get in contact with the medical practitioner immediately if the patient experiences any of the side effects.
Lithium, Probenecid, Methotrexate, blood thinner like Jantoven, Coumadin or Warafin, heart or blood pressure medication and steroid medications may interact with Aleve. These medications should not be taken together with Aleve, but in certain situations the medical practitioner would alter the dosage or the duration of the therapy for the wellness of the patient.
Some medical conditions may worsen the health of the patients when taken along with Aleve. Asthma, kidney or liver disease, heart related disease, stomach ulcer, bleeding and fluid retention are a few among them. The physician would alter the dosage strength accordingly for the safety of the patients. Hence consult the doctor before commencing the course of therapy.