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What is Apronax called in the USA?

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on March 13, 2023.

Official answer


In the U.S. Apronax is called naproxen sodium (brand example: Aleve). Naproxen is a common NSAID medicine used to treat pain, fever, and headache. Apronax appears to be a name for naproxen sodium in countries such as Columbia and Ecuador.

Naproxen sodium, often just called naproxen, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available in the US to treat fever, headache, menstrual cramps, toothaches, and inflammation and pain like back pain or arthritis.

Naproxen can be obtained over-the-counter (OTC) in a 220 mg strength without a prescription from pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail shops. It comes as an oral tablet, caplet, and gel capsule. Aleve is a common OTC brand used in the U.S., but naproxen can also be found as a generic or store brand that may be less expensive.

In the U.S., you may also find naproxen combined with other OTC medicines such as decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Aleve D Sinus and Cold) or sleep aids like diphenhydramine (Aleve PM).

Other common names for naproxen include Naprelan and Naprosyn, but these brand names require a prescription and come in higher strengths. Other prescription products include naproxen combined with stomach protectants like esomeprazole (Vimovo) or combinations with sumatriptan (Treximet), a medicine for migraine headaches. An oral liquid suspension formulation of naproxen is only available with a prescription.

Is naproxen expensive in the US?

In the U.S., a small bottle of over-the-counter (OTC) naproxen can usually be bought for less than $5.00. Brands names such as Aleve may be more costly. Prescription products, which will require a prescription, may be more expensive or not covered by insurance. Speak with the doctor or pharmacist about how to save money on naproxen products.

Related: View naproxen dosing here (in more detail)

Can I bring Apronax into the US?

It can be dangerous to purchase foreign medicines online or outside the United States.

Pharmaceutical laws outside the U.S. may not comply with safe-use regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medications purchased in other countries may contain hazardous ingredients, could be counterfeit, or may not be distributed by a legal pharmacy. It may be against the law to bring these products into the U.S. from a foreign country. In some countries, naproxen may only be approved for veterinary use.

According to the FDA, when you come to the U.S. with medications, you fall under the authority of the FDA, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents working in the nation’s airports. There are varying restrictions, and different agencies may have other requirements or jurisdiction over a product. Check with each agency before you plan to travel with medications into the country.

This is not all the information you need to know about naproxen or naproxen sodium for safe and effective use and does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your treatment. Review the full naproxen information here, and discuss this information and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.


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