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 48 13
Fibromyalgia 31 16
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 16
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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aleve

Dosage Patients
sodium220mg as needed 11
220 mg twice daily 7
440 mg daily 6
440 mg twice daily 5
220mg as needed 5
220 mg daily 3
2 220mg as needed 2
2 sodium220mg as needed 2
220 mg weekly 1
1,125 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Aleve

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 22
Did not seem to work 19
Doctor's advice 19
Side effects too severe 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 3
See all 74 patients who've stopped taking Aleve

Duration

Currently taking Aleve

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Aleve

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 33
Sometimes 11
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 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 52
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aleve after stopping:

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

Jul 20, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 440 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: I take this medicine for menstrual cramps as needed which is for two days at the onset.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 23, 2009 (Started Dec 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

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Feb 23, 2009 (Started Feb 23, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This is the only OTC that makes any difference at all for my headaches or cramps.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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