What is Aleve?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Naproxen OTC

Aleve is a brand name for naproxen sodium. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout, or menstrual cramps. The sodium salt results in more rapid absorption.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 75 23
Migraine 52 11
Osteoarthritis 47 13
Fibromyalgia 29 14
Headaches 24 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 7
Mild 15
None 66

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aleve

Side effect Patients
Stomach pain 5
Acid reflux 3
Nausea 3
Gastritis 2
Swelling in legs, feet and ankles 2
Acute renal failure 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aleve

Dosage Patients
sodium220mg as needed 12
220 mg twice daily 7
440 mg daily 6
220mg as needed 4
220 mg daily 3
2 sodium220mg as needed 3
220 mg weekly 1
500 mg daily 1
660 mg daily 1
440 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Aleve

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 23
Did not seem to work 19
Doctor's advice 19
Side effects too severe 14
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 3
See all 76 patients who've stopped taking Aleve

Duration

Currently taking Aleve

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Aleve

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 33
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 73
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 52
Not specified 39

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aleve after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 1
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13 patient evaluations for Aleve

Dec 3, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in right knee)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 440 mg Daily

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May 15, 2013 (Started Aug 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Great option for inflammation and arthritic pain.

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Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for inflammation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Severe (acute renal failure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 220 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be careful if you're on multiple medications that can put your organs at risk. None of my Dr's warned me about this and if I hadn't forced the issue they wouldn't have sent me to a Nephrologist. Luckily, he took me or all the meds that were doing damage before to much permanent damage was done. However, now there are certain meds I can never take, otherwise I risk more severe renal failure. Be Your own advocate or find one to help you.

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