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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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Can I take 800 mg of ibuprofen for menstrual cramps while on lexapro?

Can I take 800 mg of ibuprofen for menstrual cramps while on lexapro?

Ibuprofen/Lexapro: There is no contraindication from taking both together, given that you do no have other medical concerns (gastric ulcer, etc). If your cramps are debilitating, you might consider asking your gyn provider about low dose oral bc, which can control the hormonal components of your menstrual cycle, and significantly diminish cramping. ...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 :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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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

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It's my 5th day with severe menstrual cramps but no blood Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't help?

It's my 5th day with severe menstrual cramps but no blood Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't help?

Please see your gyn: Or a gyn u need an exam, blood work and an ultrasound and the gyn can get you on something better than advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Which is better for menstrual cramps: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Ibuprofen might be: More effective. 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 v pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more

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Can I crush midol or Advil (ibuprofen) put it in water and drink it to relieve menstrual cramps?

Can I crush midol or Advil (ibuprofen) put it in water and drink it to relieve menstrual cramps?

You can: Crushing the tablet to mix in water and then drinking it rather than swallowing the pill only mildly alters the actual efficacy due to the loss of protective coating which extends the absorption to maximize physiological response from its absorption starting in the stomach. ...Read more

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Took first dose ever of 220mg 6 hrs ago. 2 hours ago took 500mg Tylenol- didn't help menstrual cramps. Just took 400mg Advil (ibuprofen). Is this ok?

Took first dose ever of 220mg 6 hrs ago. 2 hours ago took 500mg Tylenol- didn't help menstrual cramps. Just took 400mg Advil (ibuprofen). Is this ok?

OK: OK for now, but I wouldn't take any more medicine for cramps for at least six hours. Try a hot water bottle or warm bath. ...Read more

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I take 5mg of oxycodone up to 3 times a day. Can I take ibuprofen for menstrual cramps while also taking the oxycodone? I only have 1 kidney.

I take 5mg of oxycodone up to 3 times a day. Can I take ibuprofen for menstrual cramps while also taking the oxycodone? I only have 1 kidney.

Ask your doctor: You need to use caution taking any anti-inflammatory with only one kidney. Your doctor would have to make sure that your kidney function is normal. Please talk to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to take this type of medication and at what dose. ...Read more

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Ever since I had my son, my menstrual cramps are very painful each month. I can monitor the pain with ibuprofen or naproxen but why would that be?

How long ago did you: Have your son! Very important. Apart from your cramping you did not specify other alterations in your periods. Talk to your doc about this with more detail! Best. ...Read more

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Codeine, Parecetomal, ibuprofen aren't helping my menstrual cramps over the past few months. Also my period duration increased to 9 days with heavy bleeding. What can I do? Its embarassing to see a dr

Codeine, Parecetomal, ibuprofen aren't helping my menstrual cramps over the past few months. Also my period duration increased to 9 days with heavy bleeding. What can I do? Its embarassing to see a dr

See the doctor!: It is concerning that you are having heavy and prolonged bleeding with severe cramps. There could be an underlying serious condition beyond "regular" menstrual issues, and at the least you need to have your blood count and iron stores checked to make sure you are not anemic. All this can also make your postural hypotension and tachycardia worse. Keep well hydrated and see the doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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I took 100mg of codeine, 200mg ibuprofen and migraleve after severe menstrual cramps 3 days later I have blood in my stool, fever palpitations causes?

Stop the med.: If you took the medicine only once, 3 days earlier, then it may not be responsible for any of your current symptoms. But if you have been continuing to take the medicine several times/day, then the caffeine may be causing palpitations, & the aspirin may be causing blood in the stool. Stop taking the medicine. If no better in 2-3 days, get it checked. Thanks. ...Read more

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I am experiencing vomiting, nausea (severity: moderate), excessive menstrual cramps, heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods), breast pain (quality: tenderness), fatigue, headache (better by: rest, nsaids (ibuprofen, napro

I am experiencing vomiting, nausea (severity: moderate), excessive menstrual cramps, heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods), breast pain (quality: tenderness), fatigue, headache (better by: rest, nsaids (ibuprofen, napro

Dysmenorrhea: Question was cut off. 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 ...Read more

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Pain relief for hsg? Ibuprofen etc don't even help me with menstrual cramps. Also scared of the pain from dye if tubes turn out to be blocked. Help.

Pain relief for hsg? Ibuprofen etc don't even help me with menstrual cramps. Also scared of the pain from dye if tubes turn out to be blocked. Help.

HSG: This is my second answer, maybe more helpful. With all my heart I am sorry about your anxiety, but be honest: you are over-reacting. Ga for an hsg is much riskier than hsg itself, it is inappropriate. If you are that frightened you call your doc, reschedule procedure, and address these worries beforehand. I've done over 2000 hsg myseff in 20 years, with never a bad outcome. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Allergies to paracetamol, ibuprofen and tramadol, is there any other medication which could help to cure a common temperature/cold/menstrual cramps?

Allergies to paracetamol, ibuprofen and tramadol, is there any other medication which could help to cure a common temperature/cold/menstrual cramps?

Not probable?: Good morning,
allergy to three products, paracetamol, ibuprofen, and tramadol seems very unlikely. Often we label allergies to a product which is not true allergy. As allergist we find the majority of patients who come with history of allergy to penicillin are not allergic to penicillin. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, and tramadol do not have the same structure to have an allergy to all of them. ...Read more

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Excruciating menstrual cramps. Anything stronger than ibuprofen or naproxen that won't cause problems with mental alertness? Need to function at work

Excruciating menstrual cramps. Anything stronger than ibuprofen or naproxen that won't cause problems with mental alertness? Need to function at work

Hormonal Rx: The original research for hormonal preparations was an effort to find something that would control the pain & cramping associated with menses. As the research progressed & they found it helpful, they also found ladies weren't getting pregnant. So bcp's become more popular for their side effect than their original use. Ocp/bcp's can help. Discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Non-stopping severe menstrual cramps, large blood clots, nausea and low-grade fever. Took 600mg ibuprofen 1hr ago which doesn't help at all. Advice?

Non-stopping severe menstrual cramps, large blood clots, nausea and low-grade fever. Took 600mg ibuprofen 1hr ago which doesn't help at all. Advice?

See an OB/GYN: And do this asap. This may be quite severe and you want to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I am taking 1200mg dapro once a day for shoulder pain. I have menstrul cramps can I also take advil (ibuprofen)?

I am taking 1200mg dapro once a day for shoulder pain. I have menstrul cramps can I also take advil (ibuprofen)?

No: Once you are one anti-inflammatory drug, it's best not to mix it with another in the same class. I'd try some tylenol (acetaminophen) instead. ...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