On long distance trips, I pretty much start my day drugged with 1 Aleve and two Asprin and end the day with another Aleve. Asprin thins the blood & helps with pain.
According to my wife, who is a RN, Aleve is long acting, 12 hrs of relieve, but slower acting.
Ibuprofin is more immediate acting, but shorter lasting.
They are different drugs.
Ibuprofin is aka Advil and Motrin and is, well, ibuprofin as a drug and is easier on the stomach.
Aleve's main ingredient is Naproxen, which can be hard on the stomach....should be taken with food. Naproxen is a stronger pain reliever.
I was given Naproxen for wrist and elbow problems/pain....kinda like for tunnel carpel like issues I had.
Hope this helps.