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Is aleve basically the same as ibuprofen?

I am taking vicodin for back/teeth pain

that was around 2pm today i started hurting and dont want to get too used to the vicidon
so i picked up some aleve, i always thought that it was the same as ibuprofen but when i googled it, it says it is not. so what is the main difference? if i can tolerate ibuprofen will i most likely be able to with aleve? i am in alot of pain atm but worried b/c it says you can go into shock etc

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:40 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Health

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  • No...Aleve doesn't contain ibuprofen. It's active ingredient is something called naproxen. If you can tolerate ibuprofen it should be safe to take Aleve but if you're really concerned about it you should call your local pharmacy. They'll be able to answer your questions better. If you're pregnant it wouldn't be a good idea to take Aleve though. I hope you're feeling better soon.

    Answer by Feridust at 8:15 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Both Aleve and Ibruprophen are NSAIDS: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
    so they are in the same "family".... If you are only taking for a short period...2-5 days, you should be fine. But as PP said.... talk to your pharmacist, or call back your doctor. (I'd also say that if you are taking the Vicodin as prescribed, and you don't have previous addiction issues... you should be fine taking those as well!)

    But in all things medical.... ask your doctor. ...even though "moms know best" call the nurses line to get "real" advice!!

    Answer by frasermom23 at 8:22 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Vicodin has tylenol/acetamenaphin in it. Aleve has naproxen sodium, an NSAID. You can take both safely together from a phamacology stand point. It is more about your history that counts. Certain people should not take NSAIDS. People who have bleeding disorders, ulcers, GERD, NSAID intolerance and many more are just a few of the reasons why. You should check with the Dr. who ordered your Vicodin. He will know if it is okay for YOU to take them together.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:58 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

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