What is Aleve Feminax?
Aleve Feminax was developed specifically to relieve menstrual symptoms. This medicine contains naproxen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Naproxen works by slowing down the production of prostaglandins, a substance made by cells in the body which causes pain. Prostaglandins also stimulate the uterine muscles to contract during menstruation, which causes typical menstrual symptoms such as abdominal cramps and back pain. By inhibiting the actions of prostaglandins, Aleve Feminax provides fast and long-lasting relief from period pain.
What is Aleve Feminax used for?
Many women suffer from stomach pain, back pain and headaches shortly before or during their period. Aleve Feminax reduces uterine contraction, which helps to relieve stomach cramps and back pain. Because this medicine also stops pain signals from reaching the brain, it provides fast relief from headache and menstrual pain. Aleve Feminax allows you to remain active, even during your period.
How to use Aleve Feminax
Aleve Feminax should only be used for pain associated with menstrual periods. If this is not the case, another painkiller such as paracetamol may be more suitable. If in doubt, consult your doctor. Aleve Feminax tablets should be swallowed whole and not broken, crushed or chewed. The tablets should be taken with a half glass of water, preferably during or after a meal. Do not take these tablets for more than 10 days in any monthly period. If you feel that you need to use Aleve Feminax longer, you should seek medical advice from your doctor.
Aleve Feminax contains 275 mg of naproxen per tablet. The general recommended dose for women and adolescents aged 12 and above is:
- one to two tablets, if necessary followed by one tablet after eight to twelve hours.
Always follow the prescribed dosage and read the package leaflet closely before use. Aleve Feminax is not suitable for girls under the age of 12.
Aleve Feminax can cause side effects, including:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as heartburn, stomach ache, nausea and constipation;
- Dizziness, sleepiness;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Skin irritation and/or itching.
Anti-inflammatory painkillers such as Aleve Feminax are associated with a small increase in the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Consult your doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects.
When not to use Aleve Feminax
Aleve Feminax is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- you are allergic to other NSAIDs, the active ingredient naproxen or any other ingredient in Aleve Feminax;
- you have a history of internal bleeding (brain haemorrhage, gastric haemorrhage), active bleeding from the stomach, or suffer from a stomach, intestinal, liver or kidney disease;
- you have asthma or if this medicine has triggered an asthma attack before;
- you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Aleve Feminax interacts with other medicines, including certain anticoagulants and beta blockers. See the package leaflet for more information about contraindications and warnings.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Aleve Feminax may cause dizziness or drowsiness and so may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won't affect your performance. There are no dietary restrictions with Aleve Feminax.