Aleve (naproxen) vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)

Aleve (naproxen) vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)

A common class of over the counter pain and anti inflammation medication is nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs. Not all drugs in this category are over the counter though; some require a doctor’s consultation and approval before taking. Consider naproxen and celecoxib; respectively branded as Aleve and Celebrex.

Both drugs can treat pain, arthritis discomfort, cramps including menstrual problems, and can reduce fever. They share some common side effects, such as the possibility of experiencing nausea or indigestion, diarrhea, or even the causation of pain in the head or abdomen. Both are also capable of inducing ulcers in the digestive tract, which can lead to internal bleeding that could, if significant enough, be quite serious.

But the drugs are handled on separate availability because some differences do exist. For one, Celebrex does not affect the clotting of the blood the way Aleve does. One result of Aleve, similar to aspirin, is that it tends to thin the blood somewhat which can mean any bleeding that might occur while taking it goes on for a longer period.

Celebrex carries the possibility of an allergic reaction in some patients that take it. These reactions include itching and other skin rashes, as well as problems with breathing. These are more likely if the patient already has allergies with these symptoms.

Key Points:

  • 1There are lots of different choices out there when it comes to anti-inflammatories and pain relivers.
  • 2One such choice is between over-the-counter Aleve and prescription Celebrex.
  • 3While the two compounds serve similar roles, they have very different lists of side effects and interactions – you should review which is best for you.

Celebrex is different from other NSAIDs in that it causes less inflammation, and stomach and intestinal ulcers (at least with short-term use), and does not interfere with blood clotting.

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