Aleve is not a brand of ibuprofen, but is actually a brand of naproxen, which is a similar non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), according to Drugs. Just like ibuprofen, Aleve minimizes the presence of hormones that cause inflammatory and pain responses within the body. Aleve does not require a prescription, and is used to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains, such as muscular aches and toothaches, and also to reduce fevers.
Aleve should be taken with a full glass of water. Taking Aleve after eating may reduce the drug's overall effectiveness or delay its effects on the body. However, a full stomach can reduce the potential for stomach pains caused by Aleve.