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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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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?

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?

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! ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take multiple OTC NSAIDS in the same day, if the maximum dose of one does not relieve the pain of migraines and menstrual cramps?

Is it harmful to take multiple OTC NSAIDS in the same day, if the maximum dose of one does not relieve the pain of migraines and menstrual cramps?

Need to look for: cause as taking too many OTC NSAIDS can affect your kidneys. So, you don't want to have gastritis, and also possible kidney problems to take the pain of your migraines away. Look for possible dietary triggers, stress, and other factors that bring it on. Have your PCP work with a neurologist to get it under control. Stop gluten, processed foods, sugars, sodas too. Eat organics, hydrate, de-stress. ...Read more

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Are really painful menstrual cramps a sign of something else? I don't take meds for it. I just tolerate it. Need i worry?

Are really painful menstrual cramps a sign of something else? I don't take meds for it. I just tolerate it. Need i worry?

Likely not: If you are able to use a medicine like Ibuprofen for the pain (assuming that you don't have any other medical issues that would prevent you from doing so), you should try this first. If this controls the pain, then it is unlikely to be anything else. If not, you should be evaluated by your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Why are my menstrual cramps so bad? Can I take something to alleviate them?

Get gyn eval: 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. ...Read more

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I have really bad menstrual cramps and I want to take midol but I haven't eaten anything yet. Is that okay?

Okay: Midol contains Acetaminophen 500 mg (pain reliever), Caffeine 60 mg (stimulant), and Pyrilamine maleate 15 mg (antihistamine). They can be taken on an empty stomach. However NSAIDS - ibuprofen/naproxen may help more, but they need to be taken with food to reduce gastric irritation. ...Read more

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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

A painful cramping sensation in the lower abdomen occuring just before or during the menses. It can be associated with other symptoms including, but not limited to. Headache, ...Read more