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A 33-year-old female asked:

is it safe to simultaneously take 2 otc nsaids if the max dose of one doesn't relieve menstrual cramps? if so, which two are best?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Nsaids: Otc NSAIDS have milder strengths than prescription strength ones have, so doubling the dose may not be a problem. However, without knowing your medical history, it's not recommended to exceed the dose of otc medications without your physician's supervision.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: If you try one 220 mg naproxen and it doesn't help, then you can try two of these, for a total of 440 mg. This is almost equivalent to the prescription dose. Watch out for stomachache! Hope you are feeling better!
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Don't take two: different OTC NSAIDs. It makes no sense as they are likely the same class. Talk to your doctor and get a prescription for a different class of NSAID which will be more effective.

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