Taking Ibuprofen with Aleve or Tylenol

over the counter

Can I take ibuprofen with Aleve[naproxen]?  Is it safe to use the medications together?

These are both over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.  That means they work in a very similar way in the body.  So, no you cannot take these medications at the same time.

Taking both ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil] and Aleve[naproxen], simultaneously puts the persons at higher risk of stomach bleeding, kidney damage and possibly increase risk of heart attach and stroke.


What about Tylenol [acetaminophen]?  Can I take acetaminophen with Aleve or ibuprofen?

Acetaminophen [Tylenol] would be ok to use with ibuprofen or naproxen.  However, if your pain is so intense you feel you need two medications – it is time to see a health care provider.

Always, check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure over-the-counter medications are safe to use together.  Also, be sure they are safe with any prescription medications or supplements you may be using.

Be sure to ask me anything about medications and interactions you don’t understand

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