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Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Naproxen. Stronger doses of Naproxen are available by prescription. Aleve is used to treat joint pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.

Aleve should not be used by people who are allergic to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen. Aleve should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Aleve may not be appropriate for people with liver or kidney problems.

Aleve is an NSAID. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Aleve is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.

How do I take it?
Always check with your doctor before taking a new medication, including over-the-counter medications.

Take Aleve according to directions given by your doctor or found on the medication package. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. When taking NSAIDs, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time in order to avoid side effects.

Take Aleve with food or after meals.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Aleve.

In an article published in 2005, researchers reviewed scientific literature on the use of NSAIDs and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The researchers concluded that NSAIDs are more effective than a placebo for treating joint pain, swelling, and tenderness associated with psoriatic arthritis.

Side effects
Rare but serious side effects of Aleve can include gastrointestinal bleeding, damage to the liver and kidneys, and increased risk for heart attack or stroke.

Common side effects of Aleve include heartburn, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, headache, itching, and changes in vision or hearing.

Contact your doctor if you experience chest pain, severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, yellowing of skin or eyes, mood changes, ringing in the ears, unexplained weight gain, or easy bleeding or bruising while taking Aleve.

Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue and throat.

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