Naproxen Drug Class

Available either over-the-counter (OTC) or with a prescription, naproxen (brand names include Aleve®, Naprosyn®, EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS, and Naprelan®) is a medication licensed to treat pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness. For example, it is often used to treat arthritis pain, painful menstrual periods, and pain caused by an injury.
Naproxen belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones, called prostaglandins, that cause inflammation and pain in the body. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, naproxen can:
  • Reduce pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
  • Reduce fever
  • Alleviate pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
(For more information, click What Is Naproxen Used For?. This article offers details on other conditions that can be treated with naproxen and discusses the drug's use in children.)
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