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Terrible period cramps, help?

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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine 49 years experience
Menstral cramps: I have found that the best medication to control terrible menstral cramps are the class of drugs known as the antiprostaglanding durgs. The best of the class I have found is anaprox (naproxen) ds which requires an rs, but you can get almost the same relief with aleve 250mg 3 pills twice/day which is over the counter.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Period cramps: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for PMS / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Several choices: The simple choices include aleave or ibuprofen started a day or so before you expect your period & continued until after it is done. These drugs attack a chemical that triggers cramping. Birth control pills were originally developed to control this pain or intensity of bleeding and can help in severe cases.The birth control side effect eventually became its main use.

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