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What are the risks of taking Aleve (naproxen)?

NSAIDs, such as Aleve, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Using NSAIDs long-term creates an even greater risk.

NSAIDS also cause ulcers, fissures, or bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Risks of developing gastrointestinal conditions increases in individuals who take NSAIDS long-term.

Before taking Aleve, you should consider whether the medication may affect medical conditions you have. It is especially important to confer with your doctors before taking Aleve if you have, or have a history of, the following conditions:

  • heart disease
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • blood clot
  • hypertension
  • asthma
  • chronic runny or congested nose
  • nasal polyps
  • peripheral edema
  • anemia
  • liver disease
  • tobacco use

It is important to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant before taking Aleve. The FDA has classified Aleve as a pregnancy category C drug, meaning it is not known whether the medication may harm the fetus. Taking Aleve during the third trimester, however, may result in birth defects. A mother can pass Aleve through her breast milk and cause harm to her baby.

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