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Can I take advil, Aleve (naproxen) and my muscle relaxer at the same time?

Can I take advil, Aleve (naproxen) and my muscle relaxer at the same time?

Not Advil (ibuprofen) and Alleve: These are very similar medicines, and are not recommended to be taken at the same time. (they can add up to more stomach upset, for example). I suggest you choose one or the other, perhaps with input from your doctor. You didn't name your "muscle relaxer" and there are different types, so I can't speak to that. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I took Aleve (naproxen) around 11 am. This morning, it is now 4:30 pm, is it safe to take Advil. I pulled a muscle in my shoulder and damaged a rib?

I took Aleve (naproxen) around 11 am. This morning, it is now 4:30 pm, is it safe to take Advil. I pulled a muscle in my shoulder and damaged a rib?

NSAIDS: NSAIDs (the common over the counter anti-inflammatories) are good for muscle strains and overuse injuries. Aleve (naproxen) and Advil (ibuprofen) are common NSAIDs. Recommend you stick with one or the other. I like naproxen (Aleve) dosed 500 mg 2 times daily with food. Ibuprofen (Advil) is dosed 800 mg 3 times daily, so less convenient. Save $$ and buy naproxen (same as Aleve) but lower cost ...Read more

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Is Advil or Aleve (naproxen) better for treating delayed onset muscle soreness?

Is Advil or Aleve (naproxen) better for treating delayed onset muscle soreness?

Advil=Ibuprofen: Aleve (naproxen)=Naproxyn

BOTH are NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory) Medications
and individual responses differ...Aleve (naproxen) is longer acting so dosage is every 8 hours (max) Advil may be give every 6 hours TRY BOTH. See which works best FOR YOU!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Am I allowed to take benadryl and aleve? Or no? I have bad allergies but I also have muscle pain and soreness

Am I allowed to take benadryl and aleve? Or no? I have bad allergies but I also have muscle pain and soreness

Yes you can: Combine both, unless you have a contraindication not to take either one, best wishes ...Read more

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Ihave very high count mitochondrial antibodies and have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Is it ok to take aleve (naproxen) for muscle pain I'm having?

Ihave very high count mitochondrial antibodies and have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Is it ok to take aleve (naproxen) for muscle pain I'm having?

Fatty liver disease: You should not take anything over the counter without approval from your liver disease doctor.

Most likely the answer will be "It's OK" but don't take chances. ...Read more

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I have what feels like muscle pain under my right breast that is also in my Upper back taking naproxen can I take codeine?

I have what feels like muscle pain under my right breast that is also in my Upper back taking naproxen can I take codeine?

No. You need to see: The doctor. If your pain is not improving and starting from front going to the back your need to know what is causing the pain. Don't just take the pain pills. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with TMJ pain at ER yesterday. Now noticed my lower jaw sits further left than before. Teeth don't line up. Is this normal for TMJ problems?? Taking naproxen 550 now for severe muscle pain

No it is not.: My advise either go and see a dentist and make sure there is no problem with your joint, or go and see ENT specialist.
something is not right there, they are supposed to be symmetrical, in spite of the inflammation.
the dentist might be able to help,
discovering why, and providing mouth guard.
the ENT might be able to inject steroid in the joint for the inflammation and the pain. ...Read more

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Is Advil or Aleve (naproxen) better?

Is Advil or Aleve (naproxen) better?

Pretty similar: But some people like one or the other more. ...Read more

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Alternating Advil with aleve, (naproxen) is that okay?

Alternating Advil with aleve, (naproxen) is that okay?

Not really: I never encourage the use of 2 different nsaids at the same time. There is absolutely no advantage to alternating these 2 drugs. Stick with one and you will get better results. ...Read more

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If I have an allergy to Advil can I taje aleve (naproxen)?

If I have an allergy to Advil can I taje aleve (naproxen)?

Absolutely not: If you are allergic to one, it is almost certain you are allergic to both. ...Read more

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Have a headache today. Is it safe to take an Aleve (naproxen) or Advil twice in one day, to make it go away?

Have a headache today. Is it safe to take an Aleve (naproxen) or Advil twice in one day, to make it go away?

Yes: Aleve (naproxen) can be taken twice per day and advil can be take three times per day. These should snot be taken together. Use one or the other. If the headache persists then see your pcp. ...Read more

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I took 3 200mg Aleve (naproxen) this morning. It has been 12 hours and I'm wondering if I can now take 3 Advil? Horrible head cold pain

I took 3 200mg Aleve (naproxen) this morning. It has been 12 hours and I'm wondering if I can now take 3 Advil? Horrible head cold pain

Yes, you can: Bad headache always represents a particular diagnostic challenge. See your doctor or a headache specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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My son takes supplements for working out and he drinks energy drinks and takes Aleve/Advil. What would cause him to test positive for benzos?

My son takes supplements for working out and he drinks energy drinks and takes Aleve/Advil. What would cause him to test positive for benzos?

Energy: Drinks and supplements have different unregulated chemicals and elements that may give a positive test especially if taking OTC sleep medication ...Read more

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I had a one time toradol IM shot today for rib pain. How long does this last? Any side effects I should watch for? When can I start taking Aleve/Advil

I had a one time toradol IM shot today for rib pain. How long does this last? Any side effects I should watch for? When can I start taking Aleve/Advil

A few hours: Toradol can relieve pain for several hours (>6-8 hours on an average). You can either start taking alternate pain medicine if they have been effective in relieving your pain before or wait until you have return of your pain that needs relief and then start taking your pain pills as per your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get aleve (naproxen) out of my system, I think the salt in it is causing edema. I'm taking advil right now instead. Stopped taking it sat?

How long does it take to get aleve (naproxen) out of my system, I think the salt in it is causing edema. I'm taking advil right now instead. Stopped taking it sat?

Naproxen sodium: After three days, naproxen should be out of your system. Some NSAIDs can cause edema. Restrict your salt intake, especially processed foods for the next few days and see your doctor if edema isn't getting better. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Aleve, (naproxen) Advil and Excedrin?

What is the difference between Aleve, (naproxen) Advil and Excedrin?

See details: Aleve (naproxen) (baproxen) and Advil (ibuprofen) are nonsteroudal antiinflammatory agents that also act as pain relievers. Excedrin has no antiinflammatory properties. ...Read more

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I had a reaction to advil can I take aleve (naproxen)? rear

I had a reaction to advil can I take aleve (naproxen)? rear

No: No if it is true allergy you can not take aleve, (naproxen)as it belongs to the group of Non Stroidals. You did not describe the symptoms of the allergic reaction.anyway consult your doctor and discuss what kind of allergic symptoms you had to establish your allergy to Advil You also can not take Aspirin if you have true allergy to Advil ...Read more

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My head always seems to hurt. I took Advil and aleve, (naproxen) hoping it would work. Will it?

My head always seems to hurt. I took Advil and aleve, (naproxen) hoping it would work. Will it?

See below: Pain in the head is multifactorial.
Knowledge of the severety, frequency, duration, intensity, location, radiation, causation, family history of headache and response to medications will help your physician to determine the nature of your headache, request further tests and provide you with professional advice. ...Read more

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What is better for phlebitis...Asprin, Advil or aleve (naproxen)?

What is better for phlebitis...Asprin, Advil or aleve (naproxen)?

All work.: There is no best medication for superficial phlebitis. Any antiinflammatory that is tolerated by the patient is acceptable. The type ordered is usually determined by the physician's training and experience. I prefer advil, (ibuprofen) Motrin or naproxyn. Wet heat to the area also helps and an evaluation by a vein specialist would also be recommended. ...Read more

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I took advil migraine & Mucinex (guaifenesin) 4 hours ago, can I take an Aleve Sinus now?

I took advil migraine & Mucinex (guaifenesin) 4 hours ago, can I take an Aleve Sinus now?

Mgt: I would suggest waiting another two hours before taking Aleve, since the side effects of both drugs is similar.
If you experience prolonged cough, fever or respiratory distress, please see your PCP right away.
Saline rinses may decrease post nasal drip and cough. ...Read more

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I took Aleve (naproxen) at noon today how long do I have to wait untill I can take Advil or ibuprofen?

I took Aleve (naproxen) at noon today how long do I have to wait untill I can take Advil or ibuprofen?

Meds: Depens (penicillamine) for what you are taking, also depens (penicillamine) on dose of both of them. But safest at least 8hours, best after meal. ...Read more

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I take celebrex (celecoxib) with no problem. When I take aleve, advil, motrin, I break out in hives. Aren't they all nsaids? Am I alergic?

I take celebrex (celecoxib) with no problem. When I take aleve, advil, motrin, I break out in hives. Aren't they all nsaids? Am I alergic?

Yes and no: Celebrex (celecoxib) and advil are different classes of nsaids so you could be allergic to one and not the other just like you could be allergic to penicillin but not to other antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why does aleve (naproxen) work so much better for me than advil? I was trying it and I heard its longlasting, its helping me so im not so sore all the time

Why does aleve (naproxen) work so much better for me than advil? I was trying it and I heard its longlasting, its helping me so im not so sore all the time

See details: Probably because Aleve (naproxen) last about 12 hours and Advil only 4. Also some individuals respond better to one than the other. No two people are the same. ...Read more

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I took 16 Aleve (naproxen) pills & 14 Advil pills within a 10 hour period. This was 24 hours ago & today all I had was a stomachache. Am I ok by this time?

I took 16 Aleve (naproxen) pills & 14 Advil pills within a 10 hour period. This was 24 hours ago & today all I had was a stomachache. Am I ok by this time?

Probably: You most likely caused extensive gastro, intestinal irritation or perhaps an ulcer. Don't know your age, but if older than 60 might have caused some kidney damage., blood tests, and stool, for blood testing will tell this. You did not say why you took these meds, but if you were trying to harm yourself, you will need mental health help, as well to, avoid any repeat episodes. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Muscle Pain (Definition)

Also known as myalgia, muscle pain is a result of overuse or stretching of the muscle. Muscle pain can occur either becuase of an infection or because of a mechanical injury. It can be acute, or chronic pain that ...Read more