Both ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (aleve) are non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications (NSAID). All NSAID's work about the same and are equally effective. Some people might notice some differences; thus, in order to find out which one works best for you, try one for a week and then try the other one. Taking any anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks consistantly usually helps relieve the pain and put the fire out.
To read more about the myths surrounding the Anti-Inflammatory medications check out my article on the Chronic Pain site:
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
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