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Is motrin or Aleve (naproxen) better for knee pains from running?

Is motrin or Aleve (naproxen) better for knee pains from running?

No real difference: Both are nsaids and both have the same mechanism of action. Motrin (ibuprofen) tends to be shorter acting and needs to be taken every 4-6 hours while aleve (naproxen) is longer acting and needs to be taken every 12 hours. Both will work for the knee pain. ...Read more

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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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I have arthitis in the neck, knees, and elbows. Which is better advil, (ibuprofen) motrin, or alieve. What woud be the recommended dosage?

I have arthitis in the neck, knees, and elbows. Which is better advil, (ibuprofen) motrin, or alieve. What woud be the recommended dosage?

Advil (ibuprofen) and Motrin R : The same. They r both ibuprofen. Aleve (naproxen) is Naproxen sodium. Nsaids are all about the same, but some seem to work better for one person than another. Try what u like; use the dose listed on the bottle. I see that I have GI problems, so b sure to continue on those meds. Take nsaids with food. Take care. ...Read more

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How to prevent my knee pains that come from running?

How to prevent my knee pains that come from running?

Need to define site: Where in the knees are the pains coming from? Is it the joint, the cartilage, the bursas, the tendons. Dr rothschild points out that you need good footware. You also need good conditioning and quadriceps muscle exercises are good to support your knee. You need to maintain a good weight because every pound overweight is 5 more pounds when you take a step. This adds to the impact. ...Read more

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Am getting knee pains after playing basketball n running..What's the best way to eliminate this pain.N?

Am getting knee pains after playing basketball n running..What's the best way to eliminate this pain.N?

Depends on the cause: Without an exam, difficult to tell you the exact cause, but common conditions for those 2 activities include patellar tendonitis and patellofemoral syndrome. Quad stretching and quad strengthening, particularly of the vmo (search internet for demo) are a good start. An open patellar knee sleeve or a strap across the patellar tendon can help. Ensure your athletic shoes are up to date and customized. ...Read more

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Celebrex (celecoxib) vs Aleve for knee pain, which is recommended?

Celebrex (celecoxib) vs Aleve for knee pain, which is recommended?

Have stomach probs?: Celebrex (celecoxib) has been used for patients with gastritis, history of stomach ulcer, as it has a better protective function. ...Read more

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43f. My friends are distance runners . I want to join them but running is painful for me. My feet, back , knees all hurt when i'm done ! why? I need to pack myself in ice and take motrin ! why

43f. My friends are distance runners   . I want to join them but running is painful for me.  My feet, back , knees all hurt when i'm done !  why?  I need to pack myself in ice and take motrin !  why

Have you acclimated?: Running distance should not be attempted on the first outing. Depending on your cardiovascular conditioning, overall health &previous exercise history, it may be necessary to work up. Try running 1/2 mi every day for 2 weeks on a soft high school track, then progress by 1/4 mi every week, running 4 days a week. Distance running greatly increases joint injury risk &has no health benefits! ...Read more

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Is Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen better for knee pain?

Is Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen better for knee pain?

They are basically : The same. One may work better than the other but make sure you take it with food so that it doesn't upset your stomach ...Read more

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What is better for knee swelling, ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

What is better for knee swelling, ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)?

NSAIDS: Both are anti inflammatory medications thus both effective for swelling in the knee (or elsewhere). Main differences involve duration of benefit rather than effectiveness. ...Read more

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I have intermittent knee pain and pain in the buttuck and down the side of the leg. It is relieved with Aleve (naproxen) once a day. ?

Can try anti-inflamm: Pain in the buttock and down the side of the leg is concerning for 'sciatica' which is usually due to a slipped disc in your spine. How long have you had it? Sometimes these injuries can be from heavy lifting, accidents, etc. You can certainly try an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or naproxen, but I would see a doctor for an exam. In addition to meds- doc may suggest exercise, therapy/more. ...Read more

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My husband has knee pain. He's taking 220mg of Aleve (naproxen) BID. Seeing the doctor 4/20. Is it ok to keeping taking until then?

Aleve (naproxen) for Knee pain: Is Aleve (naproxen) working for his pain? Does your husband have any history of kidney problems? Any blood pressure issues? Any GI- stomach issues? If no to all of these questions, he should be safe to take Aleve (naproxen) with food as stated 220mg bid. Has he tried OTC topical meds ( biofreeze, aspercreme, salonpas)? Since symptoms are localized, topical may help him even better than Aleve (naproxen) + have less side effects. ...Read more

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I've been getting right knee pain during leg workouts - esp lunges and during/after time on a treadmill. Advil or aleve (naproxen)? Ice or heat? Suggestions

Why do you have pain: The real question is why do you have pain, especially if it is recurrent. Ice is always the best choice for musculoskeletal problems. A short course of an advil (ibuprofen) like medication may be ok. If this does not resolve with rest and simple measures you should have an orthpedic surgeon or sports medicine md examine you. ...Read more

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I have GERD but I take arthrotec for knee pain. Dr said take it 2 weeks on & 2 weeks off. He said to take Aleve (naproxen) or Advil during the off time. Explain?

I have GERD but I take arthrotec for knee pain. Dr said take it 2 weeks on & 2 weeks off. He said to take Aleve (naproxen) or Advil during the off time. Explain?

I can't...: ...since all medications you've listed contain NSAID's. You may want to address your request for rationale to the physician who gave you the advice in question. ...Read more

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I'm currently experieincing knee pain, and my doctor has put me on 800MG or Ibuprofen, and two 220MG of Aleve (naproxen). Is it safe to take Nyquill?

This is incorrect: There has been a misunderstanding here. Either 800mg ibuprofen three times daily OR 2x 220mg Alleve twice daily is ok, but these two medications are essentially the same thing and should not be taken together at max dosing. It is ok to combine ibuprofen with acetaminophen (tylenol) for pain that doesn't respond to either alone. If the NyQuil brand product has ibuprofen or naproxen in it, no. ...Read more

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I'm taking Prednisone 10 Mg 2 tabs /Am 3 days. Can i take aleve (naproxen) with it. i'm taking norco 10/325 for Knee Pain. do i need call my doctor. thanks?

I'm taking Prednisone 10 Mg 2 tabs /Am 3 days. Can i take aleve (naproxen)  with it. i'm taking norco 10/325 for Knee Pain. do i need call my doctor. thanks?

Prednisone (steroid): Norco (acetaminophen and oxycodone--a narcotic) and Aleve (naproxen) (NonSteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug) all work it different ways to alleviate inflammation & pain. In theory, they could all be used together, but, since you're in THAT much pain, yes, you should run this by your doctor. Best wishes! Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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What should I do for strengthen my knee? I have a knee pain and i am taking naproxen.

What should I do for strengthen my knee? I have a knee pain and i am taking naproxen.

Quad exercises: for most knee problems, strengthening the quadriceps muscle is helpful ...Read more

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My son had knee pain for 3 weeks during Dr. Exam pain was so bad he almost vomited. 1 hour later pain free and full mobility. He did take a Naproxen?

My son had knee pain for 3 weeks during Dr. Exam pain was so bad he almost vomited. 1 hour later pain free and full mobility. He did take a Naproxen?

Glad he's better: It is too soon to tell if pain relief is from the Naproxen or whether the problem causing the pain was solved by the manipulation during the exam, hopefully the latter. It would be helpful to know what his doctor's diagnosis was and what recommendations were made. If pain recurs, I recommend rest, cold compresses, and continue a few days of Naproxen until inflammation or injury heals. ...Read more

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Would you recommend naproxen ER or naproxen DR for post op knee pain? Pros/cons of either? Thanks! :)

Naproxen: The chemical has an effetive life of 12 hours. 24 hour coverage is a full dose in the morning an another full dose at night. I cannot see the use of a delayed release unless you want to effect 24 hour hour coverage using a delayed form and immediate acting in a once a day dosage. And why pay extra for the ER form unless you want to pay for the privilege of once a day dosage instead od twice? ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more