FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ALEVE® SIDE EFFECTS

Does ALEVE® Have Any Side Effects?

What are some of Aleve's possible side effects?

Like all medicines, ALEVE® Back and Body Pain may occasionally produce unwanted side effects. Stop use and contact a doctor or pharmacist if you experience: heartburn, nausea, vomiting, ringing or buzzing in the ears, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.

Stop use and get emergency medical attention IMMEDIATELY if you experience: difficulty breathing, facial swelling, hives, rash or itching.

Stop use and contact a doctor or pharmacist if you experience: black stools, severe abdominal pain, any change in vision or fluid retention.

If you become drowsy, dizzy or lightheaded do not drive or operate machinery and contact your doctor or pharmacist.

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking ALEVE®, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Can ALEVE® cause allergic reactions?

An allergic reaction is possible if you are allergic to naproxen sodium (the active ingredient) or any of the non-medicinal ingredients in ALEVE®. If you have ever had hives, facial swelling, asthma (wheezing), shock, rash, skin reddening or blisters after taking a pain reliever or fever reducer, do not take ALEVE®. You may have a serious reaction. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Can ALEVE® be taken if I have high blood pressure?

Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist prior to use if you have high blood pressure.

Can ALEVE® be taken with high blood pressure medication?

ALEVE® can interact with some blood pressure medications, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist to determine whether ALEVE® is appropriate for you.

Can ALEVE® be taken with blood thinners such as COUMADIN® (warfarin sodium)?

If you are taking any other drug, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before use to determine whether ALEVE® is appropriate for you.

Can ALEVE® be taken with other over-the-counter or prescription medications?

If you are taking any other drug, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before use to determine whether ALEVE® is appropriate for you. Interactions from using 2 drugs at the same time are possible. (Interactions are the effects that result from using 2 drugs at the same time; one may make the other less effective or cause mild to serious side effects.)

Can ALEVE® be taken with other over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Aspirin®, Tylenol® or Advil®?

No pain reliever, including ALEVE®, should be taken while using any of these other products unless you’re directed to do so by your doctor. If you are taking Aspirin® on a daily basis, check with your doctor before using any other pain relief product.

Should I take ALEVE® with food or liquid?

Each dose should be swallowed with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without meals. Absorption may be slightly delayed with meals.

Is it okay to take ALEVE® before or after surgery?

Please consult your doctor.

Is it alright to use ALEVE® while pregnant or nursing?

If you are in your first or second trimester of pregnangy or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Do not take ALEVE® if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy.

Can I take ALEVE® if I have diabetes?

Speak with your doctor before adding any drug to your current medication(s).

The package says my ALEVE® has expired - can I still use it?

It is not recommended to use any over-the-counter product beyond the labeled expiration date. Like all drugs, ALEVE® can deteriorate over time and not be as effective once it is past its expiration.

Can ALEVE® be chewed/crushed/cut in half?

While we recommend that the product be swallowed whole with a full glass of water, you can chew or crush the tablet or caplet. Regardless of how it is taken, it is recommended that it be taken with a full glass of water. However, the Liquid Gels should not be cut or crushed and should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water.