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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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What can I take to help menstrual cramps?

What can I take to help menstrual cramps?

IBUPROFEN; NAPROXEN: Otc (over-the counter) medications, such as Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin ib) or Naproxen sodium (aleve (naproxen) and others) are the best place to start and the most easily available. Ibuprofen is most effective when the starting dose is 2 tablets (400 mg). Do not exceed the packing maximium recommended dosages without consulting with your physician. See md if this does not help. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take for menstrual cramps?

Tips: 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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What is a good medication to take for menstrual cramps?

What is a good medication to take for menstrual cramps?

Cramps: Depending on severity of cramps & if ok with your doctor, safest is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as motrin, if not allergic to it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best thing to take for menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps: Dysmenorrhea Tx: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. 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. ...Read more

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If I am taking the medicine topiramate( 25 mg tablet), can I take alive for really bad menstrual cramps?

Topamax (topiramate) and Aleve: In general you may use these together but caution about effect on liver is advised. Naproxen liver damage is rare; we monitor liver function when prescribing topamax (topiramate). If you use Naproxen (aleve) sparingly during your period, this should be fine. But always check with the doctor who prescribed the topirimate (topamax (topiramate)). ...Read more

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Should i take aspirin for menstrual cramps?

Should i take aspirin for menstrual cramps?

Magnesium / hormones: Magnesium is a great muscle relaxer and can help with menstrual cramps. Try taking magnesium glycinate 200 - 300 mg orally 3x/d as soon as the menstrual cramps start. You can also take a warm bath and add 1 - 2 cups of Epsom Salts to the bath water and soak for 30 min to 1 hr. Ask your pharmacist which doctors are using real progesterone to treat menstrual problems and call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Can you take Excedrin for menstrual cramps?

Can you take Excedrin for menstrual cramps?

Yes - other options:: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Can Excedrin take care of menstrual cramps?

Yes, may bleed more: Excedrin contains a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. This may work in decreasing menstrual pain. The Aspirin may incease your menstrual bleeding. Ibuprofen (advil, Motrin ib) or Naproxen (aleve). ...Read more

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I have severe menstrual cramps, OTC meds offer no relief?

See your GYN.: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet). Nsaid'scan help with pain. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, extra salt. A warm bath or heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea. Take care. ...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