Can You Mix Alcohol and Aleve?
When you drink alcohol, many side effects can occur, as well as interactions. These interactions can stem from combining alcohol with prescription medicines as well as supplements and over-the-counter drugs. One of the most common questions people have is about the possible interaction between alcohol and Aleve. So, can you mix alcohol and Aleve?
Below is some more information on Aleve, which is the brand name of naproxen, and what to be aware of regarding alcohol and Aleve.
There are some important reasons people want to learn more about the combination of alcohol and Aleve and question “can you mix alcohol and Aleve.”
Aleve is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter pain medicines. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or a NSAID. When you take it, it reduces the hormones in your body that are responsible for pain and inflammation. It’s used to relive a variety of everyday aches and pains including muscle and backaches, menstrual cramps, headaches, arthritis, and it can be used as a fever reducer.
Before considering the implications of combining alcohol and Aleve, some general warnings come with the use of this medicine. First, you shouldn’t take it if you have a history of allergic reactions to other NSAIDs or aspirin. It can also increase the risk of a deadly heart attack or stroke, especially in people who take it for long periods of time or take high doses.
Another big concern with the use of Aleve is the risk of bleeding of the stomach or intestines, which can ultimately be fatal, and may occur suddenly. This is especially risky in adults who are older.
Other possible adverse effects not related to alcohol and Aleve, but just Aleve, in general, can include shortness of breath, anemia and skin reactions, although these aren’t necessarily common. More common side effects of Aleve are indigestion, nausea and stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, headache and ringing in your ears.
There are quite a few other drugs that can specifically affect Aleve. For example, you are told to consult your doctor if you take an antidepressant, before taking Aleve.
So, more specifically what about alcohol and Aleve? Can you mix alcohol and Aleve?
In general combining not just alcohol and Aleve, but alcohol with any painkiller can be risky. Of all of the commonly used over-the-counter painkillers, the combination of alcohol and Aleve is one of the worst.
So why should you not mix alcohol and Aleve?
First, alcohol and Aleve both have similar side effects including drowsiness. If you take alcohol and Aleve at the same time, you may become dangerously tired or drowsiness, but this isn’t the only potential side effect of this interaction. Your central nervous system is slowed when you combine alcohol and Aleve, or either one of these substances on their own, and if you use Aleve repeatedly, it may make your body more sensitive to pain.
When you drink alcohol and Aleve is in your system, it can also reduce the hormones that protect your stomach lining. More specifically, Aleve inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins, so this is how it prevents pain by reducing inflammation, but it can be problematic because it can lead to ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
This effect can be amplified when alcohol and Aleve are combined.
It’s also important for people to realize that the negative and potentially very harmful side effects of alcohol and Aleve used together might not appear right away, but over time the risk of adverse side effects goes up. The more alcohol and Aleve you take together, the more you are at risk for severe gastritis and stomach bleeding, and for people over the age of 60, the risk is even higher.
There are a few things people should know when it comes to alcohol and Aleve, which include the following:
- You should never mix alcohol and Aleve if you have a history of any gastrointestinal bleeding or ulcers
- If you take Aleve, don’t mix it with other NSAIDs, even if you’re not combining alcohol and Aleve. Multiple NSAIDs taken at the same time can increase the chances of stomach bleeding and gastritis.
- If you do take Aleve, only take it as directed, particularly if you regularly drink. If you take too much or take it too long, it can increase the likelihood of bad consequences.
Regardless of whether you’ve combined alcohol and Aleve, or have just taken Aleve, the following are some symptoms that require attention from a doctor:
- Bloody vomit
- Black or bloody stools
- Stomach pain that doesn’t go away
- Feeling lightheaded
So, can you mix alcohol and Aleve? It’s advised that you don’t, especially at the same time. Aleve can stay in your system for up to 12 hours, so keep this in mind with regard to alcohol and Aleve as well, even if you think you will have a drink a while after taking the medicine.
You should only ever use the recommended amount of Aleve for the recommended period of time as well. If you have any questions about alcohol and Aleve, speak with your physician.
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