Aleve provides pain relief by lessening the hormones that trigger pain and inflammation in the body, explains Drugs.com. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and doctors prescribe it to ease swelling, pain and joint stiffness caused by gout attacks, arthritis and bursitis, notes WebMD.
It is advisable to read the guide provided by a pharmacist before starting to use Aleve and every time after getting a refill, explains WebMD. Patients should take this medication by mouth two or three times a day with a glass of water. Taking Aleve with an antacid, food or milk helps prevent stomach upset. Doctors urge patients not to lie down within the first 10 minutes after taking this medication. The dosage depends on a patient's response and medical condition.
Taking high doses or long-term use of Aleve increases the risk of suffering from stroke or a heart attack, so following a doctor's instructions is necessary, notes Drugs.com. Patients who are allergic to NSAIDs or aspirin should not use Aleve. Those suffering from asthma, fluid retention, heart disease, stomach ulcers or have a history of heart attack should seek medical advice before using this drug. Patients should avoid alcohol use while taking Aleve, as it can lead to stomach bleeding.