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Old 12-21-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

I have osteopenia, arthritis and missing cartilage in my hip. All of the supplements I have tried to ease my discomfort from these, I have experienced side effects. Supplements with glucosamine work great, but then they make my blood glucose numbers go haywire, and I can't have that.

All of the other NSAIDS have given me problems, particularly with my stromach, but with Aleve I have no problems and it does the trick and gives me more pep in my step!

Is it safe or alright to take aleve 5 days a week? I work 40 hours of manaul labor a week, and I really need something that helps my mobility.
Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Osteopenia

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Old 12-21-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

As long as your stomach is okay and your doc checks your BP and liver function tests periodically, you should be okay. NSAIDs can raise the BP and hurt the liver(and kidneys) but the main focus is on ulcers of the stomach. Just don't take aspirin or another NSAID with it.


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Old 12-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

Thanks Jen!
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:46 AM   #4
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

my hip specialist recommended i take 2 aleve, 2x day, says thats what he takes for his arthritis. When I asked about long term impact on kidneys he suggested I contact my general practicioner for a long term pain management plan. In the meantime I picked up a bulk supply of generic Naproxen Sodium at BJs wholesale. It is much cheaper than buying a bottle of aleve. Good luck.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

Agreeing with jen have the doctor keep an eye on your stomach to much routinely nsaids can cause ulcers,stomach bleeding. I have been taking a supplement for inflamation that seems to work pretty good,occassionaly resort to advil but its natural and worth a shot?
Grapefruit seed extract any brand will do,i get it from the local drug store in the vitamin/supplement isle. Just make sure to get the higher mg or iu rating and a little tip mix it with tea or gatorade as it is a little bitter.

I know its out there,but im a crane mechanic with a very physically demanding job and it has worked for me!

Old 01-05-2012, 04:48 AM   #6
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

God, I hope so. I've taken it daily for 5? years. This past year, it finally did a number on my stomach. Not really surprising since I've done some form of NSAID about 80% of the time for the last 12 years. I used to alternate drugs every year or so, I probably need to again.

I did switch to Naprelan a year, 18 mos ago maybe, which is the prescription, buffered, controlled release version of Aleve. It comes in 3 doses (350, 500 & 750) and is pretty good. Like all brand names, it is pricey, but the manufactor coupons are pretty good. After the coupon, a month's supply was $7.50.

Old 01-05-2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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Re: Is it okay to take Aleve 5 days a week?

Thanks, you guys have been alot of help. I no longer need Aleve or any joint inflammation supplement. All of my mobility problems stemmed from taking Zantac. I've done some research, and calcium needs stomach acid to be absorbed, so my Citracal wasn't being absorbed apparently.

I feel like a new person not taking an ant-acid, although my stomach bothers me a bit at nighttime. I'm trying mastic gum now, will report results!

I take a magnesium supplement with my Citracal to ensure better absorption.
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