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Which of the following shall be placed on an OTC label for Aleve?

I. take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.
II. do not exceed 3 tablets in any given 24-hour period.
III. the risk of heart attack or stroke may increase if you use for a prolong period of time.

a. I only
b. III only
c. I and II only
d. II and III only
e. All

Answer (e): All. Aleve contains Naproxen sodium, a member of the arylacetic acid group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Each caplet, tablet, gelcaps or liquid gel capsule contains 220 mg, Naproxen sodium. It temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to:

a. minor pain of arthritis
b. muscular aches
c. backache
d. menstrual cramps
e. headache
f. toothache
g. the common cold
h. temporarily reduces fever

The recommended dose for adults and children 12 years and older is 1 tablet by mouth every 8 to 12 hours. For the first dose, the patient can take 2 tablets within the first hour. Dose should not be exceeded 2 tablets in any 8- to 12-hour period or 3 tablets in a 24-hour period.

Patients should be instructed to take tablet with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Patients should be warned that if he/she uses more than directed or for longer than directed, the risk of heart attack or stroke may increase.

G.I. bleeding, ulcer, stomach upset and allergic reactions are commonly reported side effects of Naproxen sodium (Aleve).

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