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Doctor insights on: Ponstel For Menstrual Cramps

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Dr. Juan Richiusa Dr. Richiusa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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How does mefenamic acid work for menstrual cramps?

How does mefenamic acid work for menstrual cramps?

NOT: This drug does not work for menstrual cramps. This is use for patient with menorrhagia. It could be use for the first days of your period and decreases the amount of menstrual bleeding.

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Dr. Ted Anderson Dr. Anderson
Gynecology
24 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Can the mefenamic acid decrease the bleeding of menorrhea in menstrual cramps?

Can the mefenamic acid decrease the bleeding of menorrhea in menstrual cramps?

Yes: Mefenamic acid (meclomen) inhibits production of the inflammatory chemicals that participate in breakdown of the endometrial tissue and blood vessels that cause menstrual bleeding.

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea?

Can mefenamic acid affect on the bleeding of menstrual cycle when they are given in the dysmenorrhea?

Yes: This medication decreases pain and bleeding during the menstrual cycle. It's a great tool for those women in whom a common medication like Ibuprofen hasn't done enough to help with either bleeding or pain/cramping. Good luck and hope that answers your question.

Dr. Seth Derman Dr. Derman
Fertility Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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I used to take meftal spas in india during menstrual cramps. We recently moved to u.S.Can you please suggest tablet which is equivalent to meftal here?

Two ingredients: The medication you described contains 2 different ingredients. One ingredient is sold as Ponstel (mefenamic acid) which is available in the us by prescription only. The other ingredient would not be appropriate to use for menstrual cramps.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to remove menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. 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, alcohol, extra salt. A warm heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea.

Dr. Hugo Ribot Dr. Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Why do you have menstrual cramps?

Why do you have menstrual cramps?

Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea.

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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What is the cause of menstrual cramps?

Prostaglandins: Blood and tissue passing through the cervix causes cramping, as does the prostaglandins that are elevated during menstruation. Ibuprofen is an anti-prostaglandin and is the best medication for cramping. Be sure to take 600 or 800 mg in order to ensure you are getting adequate treatment.

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Dr. Douglas Lawson Dr. Lawson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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How to ease menstrual cramps/pain? Help?

How to ease menstrual cramps/pain? Help?

Dysmenorrhea: Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) can be initially treated with over the counter medications like advil, motrin, midol and ibuprofen. The key is to start taking something for them as soon as they start and then take something every 6-8 hours until it ends. If you wait until severe, not much will help. Heat and getting on the birth control pill may also help.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What can be prescribed for menstrual cramps?

What can be prescribed for menstrual cramps?

NSAIDS: The non steroidal anti inflammatory disorder medications are common first line medications for menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen or Naproxen sodium are available otc and can be used without prescription. If started just prior to expected menses they can suppress some of the discomfort before it is established. If not adequate, confer with your doc.

Dr. Devin Namaky Dr. Namaky
Obstetrics & Gynecology
10 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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What is the cause of menstrual cramps in virgins?

What is the cause of menstrual cramps in virgins?

Dysmenorrhea: The causes are the same whether you are a virgin or not, although infection is less likely. Range from unknown to anatomical such as cervical problem, to pathological such as endometriosis or fibroids, to infection etc. It is also normal to have menstrual cramps. Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) work well for normal cramping.

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Dr. Ashu Syal Dr. Syal
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis
26 years in practice
Gandhi Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is felvin good for menstrual cramps?

Is felvin good for menstrual cramps?

Piroxicam: (Felvin) is an NSAID - so it could help to diminish pain.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What's a great remedy for menstrual cramps?

Remedies: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt & junk carbohydrates. Increase complex carbohydrates – try to incorporate at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit into your diet daily. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids. Try to take in magnesium either through supplementation or through your diet with your doctor’s approval. If you desire non-medication approaches you can discuss use of a >>.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it okay to use felvin for menstrual cramps?

Yes, Felvin = NSAID.: 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. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How to tell if it's just appendictis or just menstrual cramps?

How to tell if it's just appendictis or just menstrual cramps?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell without blood and imaging tests, even for medical professionals. If you have nausea, vomiting, severe pain, or fever, get to ed right away.

Dr. Valentin Drezaliu Dr. Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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Do piles affect menstrual cramps?

Yes: It can reduce the cramps, and also reduces the amount of blood you are loosing. Make sure you take them daily around the same moment of the day.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Why menstrual cramps cause nausea?

Prostaglandins: Some causes for nausea during your period are dysmenorrhea & endometriosis. Chemicals called prostaglandins are released and can lead to contractions of the uterus, nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Carolyn Thompson Dr. Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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How do I get rid of menstrual cramps?

How do I get rid of menstrual cramps?

Try other OTC meds: Medications that contain Ibuprofen or Naproxen can be helpful for menstrual cramps. Take as instructed; if you still do not get relief of your pain, see your gyn to discuss prescription-strength medications.

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham Dr. Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Best way to get rid of menstrual cramps?

Several ways: Most women will have improvement in menstrual cramps by taking birth control pills and / or nsaid's such as ibuprofen, Naproxen sodium, etc.

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