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How Much Aleve (Naproxen) Can I Take Safely?

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on April 16th, 2023

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Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, PharmD

How Much Aleve (Naproxen) Can I Take Safely?

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to relieve pain and inflammation. It is available over-the-counter and by prescription under various brand names, including Aleve and Naprosyn. Naproxen works like other NSAID medications like aspirin, diclofenac (Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil), etc.

Like all medications, naproxen has potential side effects and risks, but overall it is considered to be a safe and effective medication when used as directed. In this article, we will discuss the safety of naproxen, its uses, side effects, and precautions.

Uses of Naproxen

Naproxen is primarily used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and menstrual cramps. It can also be used to reduce fever and relieve headaches.

How Does Naproxen Work?

Naproxen works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals that cause pain and inflammation in the body. By inhibiting prostaglandin production, naproxen reduces pain and inflammation.

Side Effects of Naproxen

Like all medications, naproxen can have side effects. The most common side effects of naproxen include:

• Upset stomach • Heartburn • Nausea • Headache • Dizziness • Drowsiness

More serious side effects of naproxen can include: • Severe stomach pain • Black, tarry stools • Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds • Chest pain • Shortness of breath • Weakness in one part or side of your body • Slurred speech

Precautions When Taking Naproxen

To reduce the risk of side effects and ensure the safety of naproxen, it is important to follow these precautions:

• Take naproxen as directed by your healthcare provider or the instructions on the label. • Do not take more than the recommended dose of naproxen or take it for longer than recommended. • Do not take naproxen if you have a history of allergic reactions to NSAIDs or if you are allergic to aspirin. • Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant before taking naproxen. • Inform your healthcare provider if you have any medical conditions or take any other medications before taking naproxen.

What dose of naproxen is safe?

The safe dosage of naproxen depends on several factors, including the age, weight, medical history, and current health status of the person taking it. It is essential to follow the dosage instructions on the medication label or as directed by your healthcare provider.

For adults, the recommended starting dose of naproxen for pain relief is 220 milligrams (mg) to 440 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed. The maximum daily dose of naproxen should not exceed 660 mg per day, and it should not be taken for more than ten days unless directed by a healthcare provider.

For children, the dosage of naproxen is based on their age and weight. The recommended starting dose for children is 5 to 10 mg per kilogram of body weight every 12 to 17 hours as needed. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 15 mg per kilogram of body weight per day.

It is important to note that taking more than the recommended dose of naproxen can increase the risk of side effects, such as stomach pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, and kidney damage. It is also essential to avoid taking naproxen with other NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as this can increase the risk of side effects.

If you have any questions about the safe dosage of naproxen, speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. They can provide guidance on how to take the medication safely and effectively.

What warnings should I be aware of when using Naproxen?

Ask your doctor before taking Naproxen if you have a recent history of a heart attack, stroke, or intestinal bleeding. Read more on the warnings associated with the use of Naproxen.

How much does Naproxen cost?

The average retail price of 60 tablets of 500mg naproxen is $65.60. However, you can save as much as 88% (an average of $49.20) when you use an RxLess discount card.

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