Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve) - Product information and Uses

Naproxen sodium more well known as Aleve, Anaprox and Naprosyn is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used for the reduction of pain, fever, inflammation and stiffness caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis, kidney stones, rheumatoid arthritis,psoriatic arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis, menstrual cramps, tendinitis and bursitis. It is also used for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.
Naproxen was originally marketed as the prescription drug Naprosyn and naproxen sodium was first marketed under the trade name Anaprox.

Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve) - Availability And Packaging

Naproxen Sodium is available as Generic Aleve Tablets which is packaged in 250 mg and 500 mg.
Naproxen and naproxen sodium are available under various trade names which include Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox, Antalgin, Feminax Ultra, Flanax, Inza, Midol Extended Relief, Nalgesin, Naposin, Naprelan, Naprogesic, Naprosyn, Narocin, Proxen, Synflex and Xenobid.

Side Effects of Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve)

The side effects of Generic Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) are listed below:
Gastrointestinal (GI) Experiences, including: heartburn, abdominal pain , nausea, constipation , diarrhea, dyspepsia, stomatitis
Central Nervous System: headache, dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, vertigo
Dermatologic: pruritus (itching), skin eruptions, ecchymoses, sweating, purpura
Special Senses: tinnitus, visual disturbances, hearing disturbances
Cardiovascular: edema, palpitations
General: dyspnea, thirst

Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve)- Contraindications

Generic Aleve tablets are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to naproxen and naproxen sodium.
NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal.

Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve) - Dosage

It is recommended to use the lowest effective dose of Naproxen Sodium for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals. The dosage of generic aleve varies as per the indication being treated.
For the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis the dosage is 250 mg or 375 mg or 500 mg twice daily. For the Management of Pain, Primary Dysmenorrhea, and Acute Tendonitis and Bursitis, the recommended starting dose is 550 mg of naproxen sodium followed by 550 mg every 12 hours or 275 mg 900 every 6 to 8 hours as required. The initial total daily dose should not exceed 1375 mg of naproxen sodium. Thereafter, the total daily dose should not exceed 1100 mg of naproxen sodium.

Overdosage and Overdose Symptoms of Naproxen Sodium (Generic Aleve)

Significant naproxen overdosage may be characterized by lethargy, dizziness, drowsiness, epigastric pain, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, transient alterations in liver function, hypoprothrombinemia, renal dysfunction, metabolic acidosis, apnea, disorientation or vomiting. Gastrointestinal bleeding can occur. Hypertension, acute renal failure, respiratory depression, and coma may occur, but are rare.

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