22.09 Naproxen (Aleve)

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Generic Name

naproxen

Trade Name

Aleve

Indication

pain, dysmenorrhea, fever, inflammation

Action

inhibits prostaglandin synthesis

Therapeutic Class

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, nonopioid analgesics, antipyretics

Pharmacologic Class

none

Nursing Considerations

• use caution with GI bleeding
• may increase risk for stroke and MI
• can cause GI bleeding, anaphylaxis, Steven’s Johnson syndrome
• aspirin can decrease blood levels and effectiveness
• assess pain
• patients should remain up-right for 30 minutes after administration

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