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What is the maximum dose of Aleve?

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According to the Aleve website, the maximum dosage for Aleve is two tablets, caplets or gel caps within an 8- to 12-hour period and three tablets, caplets or gel caps within a 24-hour period. Patients are advised to use the smallest effective dose, and they must not take Aleve for 10 consecutive days without the consent of a physician. Aleve is the brand name for naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

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What is the maximum dose of Aleve?
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According to WebMD, Aleve may increase the risk for heart attack or stroke in individuals with a history of heart disease. It is important for individuals who are taking Aleve on a regular schedule and miss a dose to take the missed dose as soon as possible unless it's time for the next scheduled dose. If it's time for the next dose, it is important to skip the missed dose and resume the regular dosing schedule to avoid double-dosage.

Drugs.com explains that the initial recommended dose of naproxen is 1,000 milligrams per day; however, individuals who require additional pain relief can up the dosage to 1500 milligrams per day for a short period of time. The maximum pediatric dose of naproxen is 2.5 to 10 milligrams every 8 to 12 hours.


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