Patients taking Aleve may take one or two tablets, caplets, gelcaps or liquid gels within one hour for the first dose, according to the manufacturer. Subsequently, one tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel may be taken every eight to 12 hours while symptoms last. Aleve is a brand name for the drug naproxen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, prescribed to treat or manage pain, fever, swelling and stiffness. Available in 220 milligram tablets or caplets, Aleve can be purchased over-the-counter in the United States and Canada.
A full glass of water should be taken with each dose, and the smallest effective dose should be used, as the manufacturer explains. In an eight- to 12-hour period, a patient should not exceed two tablets, caplets, gelcaps or liquid gels. In a 24-hour period, a patient should not exceed three tablets, caplets, gelcaps or liquid gels. Finally, Aleve should not be taken for more than 10 consecutive days for pain or three days for fever unless supervised by a doctor.
Children under the age of 12 should not be given Aleve unless under the supervision of a physician.
The recommended dosages for naproxen also vary according to the pain and the medical condition of the patient. For example, patients who are suffering from acute gout may be given up to 825 milligrams of naproxen sodium for the first dose and 250 milligrams every dose thereafter. Those who are suffering from renal or liver impairment may also be given a lower dose.