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Switching from Advil to Aleve

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Pain Medications
As my injury heals I'm finding myself switching from Advil to Aleve.
I find that 2 Aleve provides me with a more consistent controlling of the inflamation and corresponding sciatic problems, whereas Advil tends to blast it quickly then fade rapidly.
I found that I would have to take 3 Advil in the morning, 3 at lunch, then nothing at night - whereas with Aleve I only need to take the 2 in the morning. But I also found that Aleve doesn't do much for bad inflamation - only moderate amounts.

I'm kind of wondering what your thoughts are on that subject.


  • EDIT: i see i may have read what you are doing backward but my points still apply, just notice that switching from ibuprofen to naproxen IS something I would... sorry about that


    Both Ibuprofen (the medicine in advil) and naproxen (aleve) are COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors. So they do primarily the same thing as one another. The only real difference is that naproxen lasts 12-24 hours and ibuprofen 1.8-2 hours.

    I am not really sure why you wanted to change, they are both over the counter and your only going to be using more ibuprofen than naproxen. One is not necessarily better for you or anything like that.

    I honestly see the move as trivial at best unless there is a more personal reason for wanting to do this....

    The only thing that ibuprofen has ever worked better for me on was jaw/tooth pain....

    I don't know if this was really any help but just my thoughts.
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