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What is Aleve (naproxen)?

Aleve treats inflammation, fever, and pain resulting from such conditions as arthritis, backaches, bursitis, colds, headaches, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, tendinitis, and toothaches.  The medication is in the class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. NSAIDs block the body's production of hormones that trigger inflammation, pain, and fever. The medication is taken orally in tablet and extended-release tablet formulations. The active ingredient in Aleve is naproxen. Aleve contains non-prescription strength naproxen and is available over-the-counter, or OTC. Anaprox is the fast-acting prescription-strength version of Aleve. Naprosyn is the same prescription-strength formulation as Aleve and treats chronic inflammation and pain. Besides the brand name Aleve, other brands that contain naproxen are Anaprox, comfort pac with naproxen, Ec-Naprosyn, Leader Naproxen Sodium, Midol Extended Relief, Naprelan, and Naprosyn.

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