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A 31-year-old male asked:

can naproxen be used as an antibiotic?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory, not an antibiotic. It will not kill bacteria.
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Naproxen: No because it is not an antibiotic .
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No: Naproxen is an anti inflammatory and can decrease inflammation but doesn't kill bacteria so can't be used as an antibiotic
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
No, it can't: Naproxen is anti-inflammatory drug and is not an antibiotic. It is used to treat pain and swellings, and does not kill bacteria. Therefore, it cannot be used as an antibiotic.
Dr. Christopher Cirino
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
No : Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory medication and is used to reduce swelling and pain. It does not have antibiotic properties.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
No: Naproxen (Aleve) is a drug similar to aspirin. It is good for temporary relief of mild to moderate pain. It will not treat an infection.

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TOO MANY: 5 Aleve (naproxen) at the same time? That is too much. The package says take 1 pill up to 2 times a day. Never take more than the label says unless your doctor says it is ok. 5 alave can make you feel nausea. This is why they print how many to take safely on the labels.

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