February 1, 2023

In this video, I explain the differences between the well-known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve). These are both over-the-counter analgesic medications that are very similar especially when just seeing them on the shelf in the drug store, but there are some key differences to know about when you are taking either of them. In this video, I start off by giving a general overview of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), then I break down the key differences between ibuprofen and naproxen. As a nurse practitioner, I am commonly asked about these two drugs and so I hope this video helps you understand the differences between ibuprofen and naproxen as well.

Hey you guys welcome back to my channel if you’re new here my name is sandra and i’m a nurse practitioner and today this video is going to be about the difference between ibuprofen and naproxen ibuprofen is also known as advil or motrin and naproxen is commonly known as aleve so these are both over-the-counter drugs and there are many similarities to them and they

Are very easy to confuse but this video i want to point out some of the key differences because this is a question i get often from patients asking what is the difference between advil and aleve and if you’re in a drug store and you’re just seeing them on the shelf they do look pretty similar they belong to the same drug class but there are some key differences

And that’s what i’m going to explain in this video today so both ibuprofen and naproxen belong to the drug class of nsaids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs so this class of drug works by blocking a substance in the body called prostaglandin and it’s this substance in the body that can cause inflammation and pain so when you take an nsaid pain reliever it

Blocks the substance prostaglandin in the body and therefore relieves your pain so nsaids work very well for any aches or pains in the body for headaches for back aches or back strains for menstrual cramps for a cold and flu aches and fever for any muscle strains or sprains we often recommend these to patients and also for toothaches nsaids work very well for mild

To moderate pain on a short term basis so both advil and the leave come in oral tablets or liquid gel capsule ibuprofen also comes in chewable tablets liquid oral drops or a liquid oral suspension which is used for children so ibuprofen is the generic name for advil and motrin and naproxen is the generic form of a leaf so just quickly to address the difference

Between generic and brand name according to the fda the active ingredients in these drugs have to be the same whether they are generic or brand name so the active ingredients have to work the same the difference is the inactive ingredients can be different so if you have an allergy to a dye or some other ingredient that may be found in drugs you may want to pay

Closer attention to generic versus brand name but otherwise the drugs are usually almost identical and they work the same so nsaids are for short-term use only i only recommend them for about five days or less some doctors will do five to seven days but really nsaids should not be taken for any longer than this duration unless it’s specifically recommended by a

Doctor and they’re closely following your case if you are just taking an nsaid that you picked up at the drugstore or the grocery store you should not be taking it for longer than five to seven days so you should not take nsaids if you have any history of peptic ulcer disease any gastrointestinal bleeding if you’re on blood thinners if you have any heart problems

Or history of stroke if you have any kidney problems or liver problems so i was in costco yesterday and they have bottles of ibuprofen that come with 500 tablets and it comes in a two pack so that just makes me so concerned about who is buying and taking these bottles of a thousand tablets of ibuprofen that is so much ibuprofen and if anyone needs that much

Ibuprofen they should definitely be talking to their doctor about some other pain relief alternative now i know some people might pick these up for a family and if it’s spread across families then it’s good to have on hand but really it is so important to take nsaids for as few days as possible they can really affect organ function with long-term use especially

The kidneys and i’ve seen these cases i have seen patients going to kidney failure from taking nsaids long term another thing is you don’t want to mix nsaids so you don’t want to be taking aspirin at the same time you’re taking ibuprofen there are other nsaids that are available by prescription but i’m just talking about the over-the-counter ones here so both

Ibuprofen and naproxen have generally the same side effects and i’ll just list them here it is recommended to take nsaids with food to lessen the risk of gastrointestinal upset which can include nausea and vomiting okay and then you should not be taking nsaids if you are pregnant nsaids can negatively affect development of the baby’s heart and kidneys and so nces

Should not be taken at any point during your pregnancy once the baby is out of the mother’s uterus it is okay to take nsaids while you are breastfeeding okay so now i’m going to touch on the differences between ibuprofen and naproxen okay so ibuprofen the typical over-the-counter strength is 200 milligrams and for naproxen the typical over-the-counter strength is

220 milligrams so the number one difference is the length of time they work in the body ibuprofen is considered short acting and it can relieve symptoms for four to six hours and naproxen is considered long acting and it can relieve symptoms for eight to twelve hours so ibuprofen can be used in children younger than 12 years but it should not be used in a child

Younger than six months because their kidneys are not fully developed yet naproxen is only approved for use in children 12 years of age or older so young children should not be taking naproxen okay and then for ibuprofen the maximum daily dose is 1200 milligrams and this is the over-the-counter dose your doctor may have instructed you that it’s okay to take more

But again that must be instructed by your health care provider and they must be monitoring your case closely so for naproxen the maximum daily dose is 660 milligrams so if you’re buying the over the counter strength which is 220 milligrams that is only three tablets per day so you should not be taking more than three tablets per day of naproxen or a leaf all right

You guys so those are the main differences between ibuprofen and aproxin this is what i tell my patients when they have questions regarding these two drugs so i thought it might be helpful to make a video about it some people say they prefer ibuprofen over naproxen and it’s just something you have to try and figure out whether using it for headaches or menstrual

Cramps they are very good drugs for short-term relief of this kind of pain if you have any questions or comments please leave them down below if you like this video please give it a thumbs up please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell so you get all my new videos all right you guys thank you so much for watching and i’ll see you in my next video you

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NSAIDs Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) vs. Naproxen (Aleve): The Differences By TheSunnyEdge