Can You Get High on Naproxen?

The name Naproxen sounds like some high-level, super potent drug, doesn’t it? You might not have the same opinion when you learn that it’s just the generic name for Aleve. That’s right, Aleve, the very basic, over-the-counter pain medication that just about every mom in America keeps tucked away in her purse.

You might be asking, “Aleve is going to get me high?” I’m not saying it will, but there is a segment of the online community that seems to believe it has some recreational value. Needless to say, I was skeptical.

It’s Really Just Aleve?

It’s an OTC pain medication. Naproxen reduces hormones that cause inflammation and also controls pain in different parts of the body. It is often used to transition patients off of other pain medications and is referred to in these cases as a “bridge therapy.”

Naproxen is what is commonly known as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It was created in the 1970s, and first sold as the prescription drug Naprosyn. As time went on, more brands started to emerge, including Anaprox, Flanax, Naprelan, and the well-known Aleve.

The drug is in the same class as Ibuprofen, and much like Ibuprofen is used to treat varying degrees of pain that come from headaches and muscle aches, along with stiffness and swelling. It is most commonly distributed as an orally-ingested tablet, and doses will vary depending on the specific symptom or ailment being treated.

Recreational Use

Does it have recreational value? My initial findings suggested not. From the Drugs.com Q&A page:

“Naproxen has absolutely zero potential for abuse, addiction, recreation, is not a “street drug” of any kind.”

So where were these claims of a Naproxen high coming from? I decided I’d have to do some more digging to learn the details behind this mysterious belief.

What Is Naproxen Good For?

Naproxen is good for treating pain, fevers, and inflammation. It is commonly used to help control these symptoms when they are caused by migraines, arthritis, gout, menstruation, tendinitis, bursitis, and several other conditions.

In its delayed or extended release forms, Naproxen can also be used to help alleviate the pain associated with chronic conditions like ankylosing spondylitis.

How Does Naproxen High Feel?

One story detailed a user who felt some odd-effects after taking Naproxen:

“So I took 2 gel-caps of Aleve 220mg each and now I’m loopy. I usually only take one I don’t feel bad, but kinda druggy and euphoric. I can’t be the only weirdo who reacts to this stuff? I look like an idiot when someone asks me what’s wrong, if