naproxen sodium (OTC)
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02301733 ||ALEVE 220MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Naproxen sodium belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat fever and pain caused by inflammation, including pain due to arthritis, muscle aches, sprains, strains, backache, headache, migraine, minor aches, menstrual cramps, minor surgery, toothache, dental extractions, and the common cold. It can also be used to reduce fever.
Naproxen sodium works at the site of pain and in the central nervous system (CNS). It is believed to work by stopping the production of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor or pharmacist has not recommended it.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose of this medication for adults and children 12 to 65 years of age is 1 caplet every 8 to 12 hours.
For adults over 65 years of age, the usual dose is 1 caplet every 12 hours. Take the caplets with a full glass of water. Do not take more than 2 caplets within a 24-hour period. This medication should only be used for short periods of time - up to 5 days for pain and 3 days for fever. If your symptoms continue or change, contact your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor or pharmacist has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each caplet contains naproxen sodium 220 mg, of which 20 mg is sodium. Nonmedicinal ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 2, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, titanium dioxide, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Naproxen sodium should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to naproxen, naproxen sodium, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is in the third trimester (last 3 months) of pregnancy
- has a bleeding ulcer in the stomach or intestines
- has had asthma, an allergic reaction, or allergic-type reaction (e.g., nasal polyps; runny nose; sinus congestion; difficulty breathing; wheezing; itchy skin rash; swelling of the face, throat, or tongue) to ASA or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., ibuprofen, ketorolac, indomethacin)
- has inflammatory bowel disease (e.g, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
- has severely reduced kidney function
- has severely reduced liver function or active liver disease