ALEVE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • water retention
  • ringing in the ears
  • hives
  • a skin rash
  • abnormal liver function tests

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • heartburn

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • large purple or brown skin blotches
  • blurred vision
  • a change in vision
  • bleeding
  • bruising under the skin
  • excessive thirst
  • bruising

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • indigestion
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • excessive sweating
  • heart throbbing or pounding
  • diarrhea

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a systemic inflammatory response called sepsis due to an infection with bacteria
  • meningitis not due to an infection
  • low blood sugar
  • high levels of potassium in the blood
  • a type of blood disorder where the red blood cells burst called hemolytic anemia
  • a type of blood disorder with a decrease in all types of blood cells called pancytopenia
  • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • increased eosinophils in the blood
  • confusion
  • depression
  • corneal opacity, a scarring disorder that results in clouding of the cornea of the eye
  • sudden blindness and pain upon moving the eye
  • high blood pressure
  • a heart attack
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • heart failure
  • a stroke
  • inflammation of the blood vessels
  • a blood clot
  • low blood pressure
  • pneumonia
  • fluid in the lungs
  • a respiratory illness called Loffler syndrome
  • pneumonia with high amount of eosinophil white blood cells
  • decreased lung function
  • bronchospasm
  • a stomach ulcer
  • an ulcer from too much stomach acid
  • stomach or intestinal ulcer
  • inflammation of the large intestine
  • blockage of the stomach or intestine
  • blood coming from anus
  • liver failure
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • acute inflammation of the pancreas
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • nephrotic syndrome, a type of kidney disorder
  • a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis
  • glomerulonephritis, a condition that affects the kidneys
  • renal tubular necrosis, a kidney disorder
  • kidney failure
  • renal papillary necrosis
  • decreased kidney function
  • inflammation of the bladder
  • bloody urine
  • inflammation of the skin due to an allergy
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • skin rash with sloughing
  • itching
  • a condition with symptoms that resemble lupus
  • muscle pain
  • coma
  • fainting
  • seizures
  • fever
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • wheezing
  • trouble breathing
  • chest tightness
  • bloody vomit
  • excess urination
  • high blood sugar
  • elevation of proteins in the urine
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice
  • fast heartbeat

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • pink eye
  • optic disk edema
  • dry mouth
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • a painful, red or swollen tongue
  • a type of stomach irritation called gastritis
  • black tarry stools
  • a problem with menstrual periods
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun
  • erythema nodosum, a skin condition with red and painful nodules
  • skin disease characterized by swollen itching lesions
  • hair loss
  • muscle weakness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • low energy
  • muscle tremors
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • changes in appetite
  • vomiting
  • burping
  • difficult or painful urination
  • decreased urine production
  • nervousness
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • generalized weakness
  • anxious feelings

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