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Is Aleve a blood thinner?

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Aleve, also referred to as naproxen sodium, or simply naproxen, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, rather than a blood thinner, although it can thin one's blood. This medication helps to reduce hormones in the body that cause inflammation and pain.

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Aleve is a medication that is temporarily used to reduce minor aches and pains from ailments such as arthritis, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, headaches, backaches, toothaches and the common cold. The medication may also be used to temporarily reduce fever. According to MedicineNet, this medication should be avoided by individuals taking anticoagulents such as Coumadin, as the medication causes the blood to thin. In such instances, excessive blood thinning can cause bleeding.

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    Is there aspirin in Aleve?

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    Aleve does not contain aspirin, according to Drugs.com. Naproxen is the active ingredient in Aleve, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication that relieves pain and inflammation by reducing the levels of certain hormones in the body.

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    What are the recommended dosages for Aleve?

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    The recommended dosages for Aleve for pain management is one tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel every 8 to 12 hours, as stated by Drugs.com. Aleve is a brand name for the drug naproxen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, prescribed to treat or manage pain, fever, swelling and stiffness. Available in 220 milligram tablets or caplets, Aleve can be purchased over-the-counter in the United States and Canada.

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    What is the difference between Aleve and ibuprofen?

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    The major difference between naproxen, the active ingredient in Aleve, and ibuprofen is that the former is not considered safe for use by patients with a history or risk of cardiovascular disease, while the latter is thought to be safer for such patients. Another difference is that naproxen is longer lasting than ibuprofen. Both are types of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

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    What is the difference between Aleve and Motrin?

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    The primary difference between Aleve and Motrin is that the active ingredient in Aleve is naproxen, while the active ingredient in Motrin is ibuprofen, as stated by WebMD. Both belong to a class of painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and work in similar ways.

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