Prescription Drug Coverage

Naproxen (Aleve) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Naproxen, Naprosyn or Aleve. Learn more about Naproxen and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Naproxen

Brand name: Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve

Typical dosage: 500mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Naproxen is a medication used to treat conditions related to pain, swelling and inflammation. Naproxen is available as a prescription or over the counter, and it comes as a name brand and as a generic. It comes as an oral tablet, oral liquid or oral capsule.

Naproxen is a medication typically used to treat pain and inflammation. Naproxen is available as a prescription from your doctor or over the counter from your local pharmacy.

Naproxen is available as a generic and also comes as the brand names Naprosyn, Anaprox and Aleve.

Naproxen blocks certain enzymes in the body to decrease substances that lead to pain and inflammation. Major side effects include stomach ache, throwing up, diarrhea, constipation, gas and fatigue.

How much does Naproxen cost with Medicare?

Naproxen coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Naproxen?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Naproxen in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Naproxen include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Naproxen. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

If Naproxen hurts your stomach, take it with food. You should also take Naproxen with a full glass of water.

Naproxen and other drugs that treat pain and inflammation can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Do not use Naproxen if you have had a coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Naproxen can increase your risk of serious stomach side effects including stomach ulcers and bleeding. You may be at a higher risk of these side effects if you are older or if you have a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Naproxen. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.