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I took two Midols for menstrual cramps and it's been a hour and a half and I still have cramps, could I take an Advil any time soon?

I took two Midols for menstrual cramps and it's been a hour and a half and I still have cramps, could I take an Advil any time soon?

Midol/Advil dosing: There are different formulations of Midol that either have acetamenophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen in them. Please take a look at the active ingredients to see which main pain reliever it contains. If Ibuprofen, it usually contains 200mg per gel cap. You probably have taken 400mg and could take another 2 Advil of 200mg ibuprofen apiece, if you have no history of liver disease, Also try applying heat ...Read more

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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Any reason or explanation for abnormally bad menstrual cramps. 800 mg of motrin not helping at all. Day 2?

Any reason or explanation for abnormally bad menstrual cramps. 800 mg of motrin not helping at all. Day 2?

Multiple reasons: Painful menstrual cramping can be a sign of many different things like infection, an anatomic problems like fibroids, or possibly endometriosis. It could just be a normal but accentuated response of uterine wall muscle to the inflammatory chemicals of menses. See your gynecologist to be evaluated properly. ...Read more

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Which is better for menstrual cramps. Aleve (naproxen) or advil?

Which is better for menstrual cramps. Aleve (naproxen) or advil?

Either might work: Both of these are nsaids and either one might work. I would try both and pick the one that works better for you. ...Read more

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I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

I get terrible menstrual cramps, which do not go away with advil, tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, midal, or a heating pad. What should I do to relieve my pain?

Try OCPs: Start taking oral contraceptive pills not for birth control, but for period control. You may have better luck with prescription anaprox (naproxen) ds. Another option would be to start Depo Provera injections every 3 months - most women stop having periods altogether. In your case, if you are not having periods, you will not be having severe menstrual pain. ...Read more

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I have bad menstrual cramps and IC pain. I can't take Motrin or Tramadol. Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help. Don't like Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine. What else can I try?

I have bad menstrual cramps and IC pain. I can't take Motrin or Tramadol. Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help. Don't like Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine. What else can I try?

Menses IC: There are several short and long term treatments for IC, some require an in office procedure to instill these in your bladder, another is in a pill form, all require an evaluation from a specialist, either an OB/GYN or Urologist. Oral contraceptives can reduce menstrual cramping to minimal levels, and there are new procedures that can be performed to reduce menstrual cramping by up to 70%. ...Read more

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I have a red/bloodshot eye (R Eye only). I landed 2 hrs ago after a 5 hour plane ride. I'm taking Advil (less than daily max) for menstrual cramps...

I have a red/bloodshot eye (R Eye only). I landed 2 hrs ago after a 5 hour plane ride. I'm taking Advil (less than daily max) for menstrual cramps...

Red eye: T? his could represent the effect of a dry eye with low humidity in the airplane environment affecting one ye more noticeable than the other, or it could be the effect of a conjunctivitis, if there is crusting or a discharge. An ophthalmologist can provide you with an answer and appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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I get really painful menstrual cramps and have tried cocodamol, ibuprofen and naproxen. Nothing is working, is there anything I can try?

I get really painful menstrual cramps and have tried cocodamol, ibuprofen and naproxen. Nothing is working, is there anything I can try?

Need exam: Those must be very painful cramps to not be controlled with those meds. Your symptroms are not common, it is time to find out why --get an exam. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to ibuprofin, can I take midol for menstrual cramps?

Midol is Ibuprofen: Nope. They are the same drug or the same class of drug. ...Read more

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What dose of gelophen (ibuprophen) can we take for menstrual cramps? Can I take 400 and another 400 after an hour?

What dose of gelophen (ibuprophen) can we take for menstrual cramps? Can I take 400 and another 400 after an hour?

Watch it: The maximum prescription dose is 600 mg every 6-8 hours. If you are using it at higher doses you are potentially irritating your kidneys (where it is processed) and bay have problems in the long term. Naproxen sodium is also used for the same indication and may be available to you there. ...Read more

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How can I manage really painful menstrual cramps? Ibuprofen isn't sufficient.

Dysmenorrhea: 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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I take bout less than 5pills of ibuprofen a month for menstrual cramps & heard could be bad for your body in time? Is this true?

I take bout less than 5pills of ibuprofen a month for menstrual cramps & heard could be bad for your body in time? Is this true?

No, it's safe: Ibuprofen at 600-800mg every 8 hours as needed for the duration of the menstrual period (ideally only 5 days or so, and less if you don't need that much) is very effective, safe treatment for menstrual pains. Too much Ibuprofen can sometimes cause an ulcer, or inflammation of the esophagus or stomach, so you don't want too much. Less than 5 pills a month sounds very very safe. ...Read more

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I've taken midol and ibuprofen for menstrual cramps and nothing is helping?

See your doctor: If your menstrual cramping is not control over the counter Motrin I would recommend seeing your physician for other options. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many milligrams of ibuprofen should I take to get rid of menstrual cramps?

400/600 mgm/6 hours: You can try 400 mgm and ir if is not effective you can increase to 600 mgm and can be repeated every 6 hours for 2to 3 days as needed. ...Read more

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I took two advils (ibuprofen) an hour ago for menstrual cramps. They haven't helped at all can I take a vicodin?

I took two advils (ibuprofen) an hour ago for menstrual cramps. They haven't helped at all can I take a vicodin?

Frankly - vicodan is: A bit like using a cannon for a job that could be handled by a bb gun. 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. ...Read more

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I have terrible menstrual cramps and took excedrin headache because it's all I had about 3-4 hrs ago is it ok for me to now take ibuprofen?

I have terrible menstrual cramps and took excedrin headache because it's all I had about 3-4 hrs ago is it ok for me to now take ibuprofen?

Yes: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Yes it is okay. Excedrin has Tylenol/aspirin. Ibuprofen is a different type of anti-inflammatory. Ibuprofen should help more with menstrual cramps.
Try Allele (Naproxen) if you can.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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I'm having strong menstrual cramps right now. I took 800mg ibuprofen about 2 hrs ago, but I'd like to take 750mg Robaxin (methocarbamol) now. Is that safe to do?

I'm having strong menstrual cramps right now. I took 800mg ibuprofen about 2 hrs ago, but I'd like to take 750mg Robaxin (methocarbamol) now. Is that safe to do?

Safe: There's no specific negative interaction between Robaxin and Ibuprofen. Just curious, but have you tried alternating Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen? Robaxin is a muscle relaxant and it can have sedative like effects. So you might get dizzy or drowsy on it. Other common sense things to try are a hot water bottle applied to the lower abdomen and rest. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...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