Naproxen (Aleve) Medicare Coverage

Naproxen
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.

Does Medicare cover Naproxen or Aleve?

Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Naproxen.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). Most Medicare Advantage beneficiaries (88 percent) are enrolled in MA-PDs.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.

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Average costs for Naproxen with Medicare drug coverage1

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.

Deductible stage Typical copay stage
Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.

In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.

Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.

During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
Free – $20 Free – $20

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.

 

 

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.

Copyright © 2019 TZ Insurance Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.

1 GoodRx. Naproxen. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/naproxen.

2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.

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