The recommended dosages for Aleve for pain management is one tablet, caplet, gelcap or liquid gel every 8 to 12 hours, as stated by Drugs.com. 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.
When taking Aleve for the first time, two doses, or two tablets or caplets, may be taken within the first hour. After the first dose is taken, Aleve should not be taken more than once within an 8- to 12-hour period, and not more than three in a 24-hour period.
Aleve is administered orally and should be taken with a full glass of water. Treatment with Aleve should not last for more than 10 days for pain management or more than 3 days to treat fever, unless recommended by a physician. 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.