Is Naproxen an Opiate?

Although naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medication used to treat pain, this drug is not a type of opiate. Naproxen belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and works by blocking the action of certain hormones (prostaglandins) that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
 
Specifically, naproxen is useful for:
 
  • Reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
  • Reducing fever
  • Alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
 
Naproxen is also combined with other medications in several cold, allergy, and flu products to help relieve common cold symptoms, such as fever and aches and pains.
 
(For more information on what naproxen is and how it works, click Naproxen. This article provides an in-depth overview of the drug, including information on its specific uses, safety precautions, and potential side effects.)
 
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