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Doctor insights on: Which Works Best For Nerve Pain Naproxen Or Ibuprofin

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Is there a stronger combination of medicines than lyrica (pregabalin) and naproxen for treating nerve pain in the feet?

Is there a stronger combination of medicines than lyrica (pregabalin) and naproxen for treating nerve pain in the feet?

Neuropathy: Maybe a multidisciplinary or multimodality approach can optimize yor treatment. Physical therapy, maybe acupuncture, proper socks and shoes and maybe opioids. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What can help severe tooth nerve pain until I can get to the dentist. Ibuprofrin and Aleve (naproxen) is not helping. Pain from tooth throbbing radiating to ear.?

What can help severe tooth nerve pain until I can get to the dentist. Ibuprofrin and Aleve (naproxen) is not helping. Pain from tooth throbbing radiating to ear.?

Need help: There is only so much you can do for yourself. You most likely have an abscessed tooth. If you have a dentist, call him up for an antibiotic. Controlling the infection will knock the pain down. If not see urgent care or er, for medication until dentist can be seen. Do not hesitate. ...Read more

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56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

B6 toxicity is well recognized: There are a few questions that need to be asked in this case. Exactly how much B6 was the patient taking? According to recommended standards 200mg daily is the limit. Toxicity is thought to occur at levels of 1000mg. Daily and above though much lower have been reported on rare occasions (100-300mg). Secondly, what exactly was the quality of her pain? Described symptoms of neural toxicity involves sensory neuropathy described mainly as burning dysesthesias and numbness. The case talks about a RADICULOPATHY. That is typically not the same type of pain as we find in chemical toxicities. Pain in the feet could very well be dysesthesias but the history could be a bit more specific there in order to attach more positive points for B6 sequelae.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16320662 ...Read more

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What medicine works the best for pinched nerve in the leg? Can robaxin help? I have ibuprofen, naproxen and extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen)...Which one?

What medicine works the best for pinched nerve in the leg? Can robaxin help? I have ibuprofen, naproxen and extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen)...Which one?

Sciatica: All of the medications that you have listed can be used to help with neuropathic leg pain. I suggest an anti-inflammatory (naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.) and muscle relaxant (robaxin). ...Read more

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What pain killer gets rid of severe headaches tied to menstruation, PMS? Nothing works. Tried Ibuprofen, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, naproxen atdiff. Times Ideas?

What pain killer gets rid of severe headaches tied to menstruation, PMS? Nothing works. Tried Ibuprofen, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, naproxen atdiff. Times Ideas?

Addition of caffeine: For these types of headaches, without getting into prescription medication, and anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, combined with caffeine (i.e. coffee or Mountain Dew) often helps. An ice pack 15 to 20 minutes at a time is also helpful as is stretching affected neck, etc. Muscles. ...Read more

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What is stronger naproxen 500mg or ibuprofen 800mg? For pinched nerve.

What is stronger naproxen 500mg or ibuprofen 800mg? For pinched nerve.

Naproxen or Iburofen: Naproxen is regarded by some to be 'stronger' but it might not work as well as Ibuprofen for you... Every person is different; both are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, (nsaids) and they need to be taken with food. Try Ibuprofen 800mg 3x/day or Naproxen 500mg 2x/day both for a week and see what works best for you. Watch out for stomach upset to prevent bleeding ulders! Possibly try neurontin (gabapentin)... ...Read more

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I have swollen cheeks due to piercings. (3rd day) now I don't know which is best to take ibuprofen or naproxen 550mg. Which is best to reduce swelling?

I have swollen cheeks due to piercings. (3rd day) now I don't know which is best to take ibuprofen or naproxen 550mg. Which is best to reduce swelling?

Ibuprofen: They are essentially cousins. Ibuprofen starts working more quickly, but doesn't last as long so you have to repeat the dose more often. Naproxen takes longer to reach it effectiveness, but lasts longer so you don't have to take it as often. Ice might help more with the swelling. Are you sure you do not have an infection? Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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I have a severe toothache and can't see my dentist until Tuesday, which is the best pain relief, ibuprofen 800mg or naproxen 500mg?

I have a severe toothache and can't see my dentist until Tuesday, which is the best pain relief, ibuprofen 800mg or naproxen 500mg?

Priorities: Make it a priority to be seen sooner. Severe toothaches can't wait. The pain may become unbearable in a very short period of time. Pain meds can provide little relief when proper care has not been rendered. ...Read more

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My doctor gave me 500mg of naproxen to take for a sore throat. I also have 800mg of ibuprofen. Which is best for inflamed tonsil?

My doctor gave me 500mg of naproxen to take for a sore throat. I also have 800mg of ibuprofen. Which is best for inflamed tonsil?

Inflammation: Both of these medications are nonsteriodal antiinflammatories. They both will work but should not be taken at the same time. Naprosyn (naproxen) is taken twice a day and Ibuprofen is taken three times a day. Which ever one you choose take it with food as it can upset your stomach. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 36 years old and am having lower back pain after laying down for too long. What's best for this? Ibuprofen? Aleve? Tylenol? Thanks.

Hi I'm 36 years old and am having lower back pain after laying down for too long. What's best for this? Ibuprofen? Aleve? Tylenol? Thanks.

Depends: It depends on other medical issues you might have. If there are no contraindications to any of the meds, then the main difference is that Tylenol does not have an antiinflammatory while the other two have it. ...Read more

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What is the best/most effective otc med for tension headache? Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol (acetaminophen)? Or do they all work equally well?

What is the best/most effective otc med for tension headache? Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol (acetaminophen)? Or do they all work equally well?

Experiences: Not sure one is better than another, as Tylenol (acetaminophen) seems to have fewer stomach issues, but Aleve may work well in patients who also have migraine. Try a couple and see which you tolerate better. ...Read more

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I've been taking Amitryptiline for 4 wks for trigeminal neuralgia. Can I take Naproxen also, while I am waiting for Amitryptiline to become effective?

I've been taking Amitryptiline for 4 wks for trigeminal neuralgia. Can I take Naproxen also, while I am waiting for Amitryptiline to become effective?

Yes: There are no reported interactions between these two medications. Precautions for naprosyn (naproxen) are same for others of the NSAID class and should be taken with food to minimize risk for stomach upset and nausea. ...Read more

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Can Supraorbital Neuralgia cause naseau? Dr suspects this. Can SN go away without anything like Aleve (naproxen)? Does SN show up on MRI bran scan? Mine was clean

Can Supraorbital Neuralgia cause naseau? Dr suspects this. Can SN go away without anything like Aleve (naproxen)? Does SN show up on MRI bran scan? Mine was clean

Yes: Any type of significant pain may cause nausea. Supra orbital neuralgia is not seen on an MRI or any x-ray studies. It can worsen and improve with nothing in particular. If medications are necessary may want to consider antidepressant and anti-convulsant. Good luck ...Read more

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My husband took 2 ibuprofen and 1 Naprosyn (naproxen).. Should I be concerned?

My husband took 2 ibuprofen and 1 Naprosyn (naproxen).. Should I be concerned?

NSAID: He has taken too much NSAID. I would be concerned if he has heartburn, bleeding from stomach, nausea etc... I would just watch and see how he does ...Read more

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I took 2 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Aleve (naproxen) wil it harm me?

I took 2 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Aleve (naproxen) wil it harm me?

Probably not: That is a bit high on two similar drugs termed NSAIDs. You might experience some stomach upsetness at those levels but no other harm should result from one exposure like you have had. ...Read more

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What is better for virus pain naproxen or ibuprofen?

What is better for virus pain naproxen or ibuprofen?

Which ever you can: They are the same class of medication. I take the aleve (naproxen) because the ibuprofeb upsets my stomach. ...Read more

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3 500mg tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 200mg ibuprofen 3 220mg naproxen?

Stomachache: That's the concentrations I thought about while answering your question. Once again, the combination of advil and aleve (naproxen) can give you a belly ache. Try not to do it again, but I don't think that anything else needs to be done at this point if it was a one time thing. ...Read more

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Can I take naproxen and ibuprofin at the same time?

No: Both these medications are nsaids and should not be taken together. You could risk kidney damage. They can also cause stomach lining problems, gastritis. ...Read more

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Naproxen same as advil (ibuprofen)?

Naproxen same as advil (ibuprofen)?

Yes: Naproxen is the generic name for the drug found in aleve (naproxen). Advil and Motrin are forms of ibuprofen. Both drugs are non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and should not be used together. ...Read more

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Can you take naproxen and ibuprofen together?

No: Neither metaphors nor nsaids should be mixed. Mixing results in double the toxicity but no significant benefit (if full doses of one are used alone). ...Read more

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Can I alternate between naproxen and ibuprofen?

Can I alternate between naproxen and ibuprofen?

Technically yes: The bigger question is why would you want to do it? It serves no purpose and it is better therapeutically to stick with one of them. ...Read more

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Can you alternate ibuprofen and aleve (naproxen)?

Not advisable: These agents work best by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic blood level. Starting and stopping prevents this effective level. ...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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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more