Having back problems, and not wanting to take narcotic pain relievers, my doctor precribed Naproxen to help reduce the inflammation in my back and ease the pain. Out of curiosity, I asked him if their was an over the counter product that was similar. He told me that what he was prescribing was the same as Aleve, the only difference being that it took two Aleve to equal one of the pills he was giving me. Ever since then, Aleve has been a necessity in my medicine cabinet. I take two Aleve in the morning and I feel better all day long.
The upside to Aleve is that is really does work as promised. You do not have to take an additional dose 4-6 hours later because it wears off. It doesn't make me drowsy either. Being a Mom, that is important to me. I want to feel good all day long and be able to be awake and alert enough to keep up woth my kids.
The downside is that it can and for me, occassionally does, cause stomach upset. To help with this, I just try to eat a piece of toast or a few crackers before taking it.
Overall, I think that Aleve is a great product that delivers on its promises. If you want a pain reliever that you can take once a day and not have to worry about it wearing off in a few hours, Aleve is the product for you.