Aleve and Alcohol: Are They Safe to Use Together

Aleve is a brand name of an over the counter (OTC) medication used to treat high blood pressure. It was developed in Germany in the 1970’s and has been available since then. There are two main types of aleve: one contains acetylsalicylic acid (asalac), which is effective against high blood pressure; another contains salicylate, which is less effective but safer for your heart. Both are safe to use together with each other.

The FDA has approved both medications. However, there have been reports of problems when combining them. This may be due to differences in the way they work or because of side effects from either drug alone. Some studies suggest that taking both drugs at the same time increases the risk of stroke and heart attack, while others show no increased risks.

There is some evidence suggesting that taking a combination of medicines called “combination therapy” might increase the risk of bleeding if taken with aspirin. If you have any questions about whether these medicines are safe to combine, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

In general, it is best not to mix different kinds of medicine unless prescribed by a physician. Some drugs can cancel each other out, while others can have dangerous side effects. If you do need to take other drugs, speak to your doctor or pharmacist to find out if they are safe to use together. If you have any questions about whether a medicine is safe to use, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are taking a prescription drug and have any questions about whether it is safe to use OTC or herbal supplements, consult your physician. These combinations may work together and cause unexpected side effects or possibly dangerous drug interactions. If you are unsure, it is always best to ask a doctor before taking something.

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