*Based on a clinical study vs hydrocodone plus acetaminophen (HYD+APAP) during the first  4 hours after initial dosing.
Use as directed for minor aches and pains.




Aleve®, a non-opioid OTC NSAID, was compared with HYD+APAP for dental pain relief1 in a recent, single-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled single-dose study.1

  • Patients experiencing moderate or severe pain (N=221) after surgical removal of impacted third molars were randomized to receive either a single dose of Aleve® (440 mg [n=90]), HYD+APAP (10 mg + 650 mg [n=87]), or placebo (n=44)
  • The primary objective was to compare Sum of Pain Intensity Difference from 0 to 12 hours (SPID0-12) after a single oral dose
    • Secondary objectives were to compare the total pain relief (TOTPAR) over 6 and 12 hours, SPID0-6, time to onset of pain relief, time to first use of rescue medication, and duration of pain intensity at least half gone over 6 and 12 hours
    • SPID0-4 was also assessed

In the study, Aleve® was as effective as HYD+APAP at hours 0 to 4 at reducing pain intensity1,‡

The primary endpoint was met

SPID0-12 was statistically significant for Aleve® vs HYD+APAP.


Key secondary endpoints also showed statistical significance compared with HYD+APAP:

  • TOTPAR (0 to 6 and 0 to 12 hours; P<0.05)
  • Median time to rescue medication (P<0.001)
  • Duration of pain at least half gone over 12 hours (P<0.001)

Both active treatments were significantly more effective than placebo

HYD+APAP was not statistically superior to Aleve® for any endpoint.


In hours 0 to 4 of a single-dose dental study of Aleve® (440 mg), hydrocodone plus acetaminophen, HYD+APAP (10 mg + 650 mg), or placebo.1

Based on SPID0-4.





More treatment-related adverse events were reported with HYD+APAP (n=18) than Aleve® (n=1), including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.1

The growing body of evidence offers a compelling argument for first-line use of an NSAID like Aleve®, and professional organization guidelines suggest ways of putting NSAIDs into practice.1-8

When prescribing any product, HCPs should always consider its efficacy and safety. Before any procedure requiring pain management, HCPs should talk with patients about the benefits and risks.

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