Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it's possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Aliviomas.
Aliviomas (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn) is in the class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Aliviomas is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, inflammation, and fever. Side effects, drug interactions, and pregnancy information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
Anti-inflammatory painkillers like Aliviomas are sometimes called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or just 'anti-inflammatories'. Aliviomas is used to treat painful conditions such as arthritis, sprains and strains, backache, period (menstrual) pain, and gout pain.
On this page
- About Aliviomas
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Aliviomas
- How and when to take it
- Taking Aliviomas with other painkillers
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about any drugs you take, including other prescription drugs, other OTC drugs, and any vitamins, dietary supplements or herbal remedies.
Certain drugs are known to interact with Aliviomas and may cause problems:
- Aliviomas may interact with several types of blood pressure medications and make them less effective.
- Some types of antacids medications may make Aliviomas less effective.
- Aliviomas should be taken very carefully with other NSAIDs, including aspirin.
- Aliviomas may reduce the effectiveness of some diuretics.
- Aliviomas may enhance the toxicity of lithium and increase the risk for lithium side effects.
- Aliviomas may increase the level of the drug methotrexate and increase the risk for methotrexate side effects.
- The blood thinner warfarin may be more likely to cause GI (stomach) bleeding when combined with Aliviomas.
- Aliviomas may be more likely to cause GI bleeding when combined with antidepressant drugs called SSRIs.
Before taking Aliviomas, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), blood disorders (such as anemia), bleeding/clotting problems, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), heart disease (such as previous heart attack), high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, swelling (edema, fluid retention), stomach/intestinal/esophagus problems (such as bleeding, heartburn, ulcers).
Kidney problems can sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including Aliviomas. Problems are more likely to occur if you are dehydrated, have heart failure or kidney disease, are an older adult, or if you take certain medications (see also Drug Interactions section). Drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration and tell your doctor right away if you have a change in the amount of urine.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how much alcohol you may safely drink.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Some Aliviomas products contain salt (sodium). Tell your doctor if you are on a salt-restricted diet.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and kidney problems.
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the benefits and risks (such as miscarriage, trouble getting pregnant). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is not recommended for use during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby and interference with normal labor/delivery.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Important: if you experience any of the following less common but more serious symptoms, stop taking Aliviomas and contact your doctor for advice straightaway:
- If you have any breathing difficulties such as wheeze or breathlessness.
- If you have any signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling around your mouth or face, or a severe itchy skin rash.
- If you pass blood or black stools, vomit blood, or have severe tummy (abdominal) pains.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
If you take cholestyramine with Aliviomas, your body may absorb Aliviomas more slowly than usual. That means it may take longer to work.