Naproxen (Aleve) Nursing Considerations

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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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Hey guys, let’s talk about an Naproxen also known as a leaf. This is an oral medication, as you can see here. So the therapeutic class of an Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent or an also a non-opioid analgesic and an antipyretic. Remember the therapeutic class is how the drug works in the body. The pharmacologic class of Naproxen is a proprionic acid derivative, and this is the chemical effect of the drug. So Naproxen works by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis, and we use it for pain for DYS manure for the treatment of fever, because remember it’s an antipyretic and also for inflammation. Remember it is an NSAID. 

Some of the side of effects that we see with Naproxen are things like GI bleeding, anaphylaxis, and in severe cases, Stevens Johnson syndrome. So let’s take a look at some of the nursing considerations for Naproxen while your patient is on this medication. Be sure to assess their pain level, use caution as Naproxen may increase the risk of stroke and also MI. And it’s also important to use caution in patients who have a GI bleed, be aware that aspirin can decrease the blood levels and the effectiveness of Naproxen in and teach the patient that they need to remain upright 30 minutes after administration. So guys, I am sure you’ve all heard of a leave or you’ve even taken it yourself as I have. And so have our, our patients. So the thing is with over the counter Medicaid, sometimes patients tend to take them freely and they really don’t know or understand the risks that are involved with these over the counter medications. So it’s our responsibility as nurses to make sure that they know what they’re taking, why exactly they’re taking it, how much need to take of it and what the risks are involved with taking it. That’s it for Naproxen or a leave now go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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