Aleve is a non-steroidal drug and has a brand name of naproxen. It helps in avoiding or decreasing swelling hence it is an anti-inflammatory drug. It also decreases the concentration of hormone from the body which is the cause of inflammation and pain.
Naproxen, a pharmacological product can also be used for treatment on a long term basis but it has potential to cause peptic ulcers and to minimize this side effect, it is used in combination with other medications such as proton-pump inhibitors which aid in preventing peptic ulcers by reducing the acid production of stomach.
How Effective is Aleve (Naproxen) in Relieving Minor Aches and Pains?
Aleve is effectively used as analgesic in cases of minor aches and pains which can be caused by muscles, joint inflammation, menstrual cramps or others. It is also used in treatment of common cold.
Aleve should not be administered in patients allergic to aspirin (a drug used to treat fever, pain and inflammation and also serve as antiplatelet agent thus impeding the normal working of platelets).
On a long term basis, Aleve should not be prescribed because it enhances the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction. So, after any surgery of heart, it should not be prescribed.
Aleve can also lead to gastrointestinal tract implications, for example diarrhea, constipation, stomach bleeding and various ulcers. So, patients having history of ulcers or any other GIT problems should be prescribed this with proper combination.
Aleve should be used as recommended by the medical practitioner or as it is written on the label. Aleve should be kept at 25°C away from heat and moisture.
What is the Recommended Dosage of Aleve or Naproxen?
- It should be used only by patients above the age of 12 years.
- One capsule is taken every 7 to 12 hours till signs and symptoms last.
- Loading dose is 2 capsules within first hour.
- Do not exceed 2 capsules in 7 to 12 hour duration.
- Do not exceed 3 capsules in 24 hour duration.
Aleve is most effective when taken with empty stomach and take each dose with full glass of water.
How Safe is Aleve (Naproxen) in Relieving Minor Aches and Pains?
Aleve or naproxen is safe for intake only if it is for temporary relief. The usual side effects of aleve are:
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of feet and hands
- Ringing in one’s ears.