Naproxen Risks

In most cases, naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a safe and effective medication. However, there are several warnings to be aware of before starting treatment. For example, people using naproxen may have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke than those who don't take it.
In addition, naproxen increases your risk of side effects, such as:


Before taking naproxen, tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Bleeding problems or are taking medicines that decrease your blood's ability to clot
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
  • Any allergies to medicines, including sulfa drugs, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) pain medicines.
(To learn more about the risks involved with taking this drug, click Naproxen Side Effects or Naproxen Precautions and Warnings. These articles talk about the problems that were reported in clinical trials and give more in-depth information on what to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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