Aleve (Naproxen sodium) belongs to a family of drugs called NSAIDs which stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is a medication used for treating pain and inflammation, menstrual cramps and fever. Aleve dosage must be taken as prescribed by a doctor or it should be taken exactly as instructed on the label. Long term ingestion of this medication is not recommended and neither should this medicine be taken in large doses.
Long term usage of NSAIDs increases the risk of circulation problems like heart attack and stroke and it is not recommended to use it prior to or following a bypass surgery. It can also have a long lasting impact on the stomach or the intestines. Those who are allergic to aspirin and other NSAIDs should also steer clear of Aleve. Those who smoke, or suffer from asthma, have a history of heart related problems, stomach ulcers, liver or kidney disease must adjust their dosage as prescribed by the doctor in order to use it safely.
Pregnant women must also inform the doctor about their pregnancy as taking Aleve (Naproxen sodium) during the last trimester may cause birth defects. Nursing women should inform the doctor as naproxen may pass into breast milk and cause harm to the baby.
One of the popular product mottos of Aleve is “All day long, all day strong”. This term signifies that when you take this medicine once at the day’s beginning, you can feel the pain-relieving effects for eight to twelve hours. The medication is quite potent and has to be used under recommended specifications. Safe Aleve dosage for adults is 250-500 mg two times a day. The Aleve dosing must never exceed three tablets, gel caps or caplets in a period of 24 hours. This is to be taken along with some food or at meal times to prevent an upset stomach.
When taking this medicine it is advised not to crush or chew the coated table. It is meant to be swallowed as a whole. The medicine should get released in the body slowly and crushing or chewing it will result in immediate release of the Aleve dose which causes too much of it to be released in one go. The tablet is covered in order to protect your stomach and it should not be damaged.
If you are taking the medicine in liquid form (oral suspension), the container should be shaken and then the exact amount of medicine should be poured out into a measuring cup (available at the local pharmacy). A regular teaspoon or tablespoon should not be used for this.
This medicine should be stored at room temperature.
An excess of Aleve dosing may cause constipation, headache, stuffy nose, stomach upset, nausea, drowsiness, fainting or coma. Severe allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, itching, swelling in the face, mouth, chest pain, severe vomiting may also occur and requires immediate medical care. Missed doses should be made up as soon as one remembers about it, but if it’s already time for the next dose, an extra tablet should not be taken
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