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Is there a better way to relieve pain fron menstrual cramps other than with midol?

Is there a better way to relieve pain fron menstrual cramps other than with midol?

Menstrual cramps: 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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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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What else can I do for menstrual cramps? Midol/pamprin doesn't seem to help.

What else can I do for menstrual cramps? Midol/pamprin doesn't seem to help.

Dysmenorrhea: 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 ; green tea can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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Painful menstrual cramps. Midol isn't really helping me, what should I do next?

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. ...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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Im allergic to ibuprofin, can I take midol for menstrual cramps?

Im 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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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

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I have terrible menstrual cramps. I've tried taking things like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and midol, but it doesn't help. What else can I try?

For any medications: To work effectively , they have to be the right dosage and taken on a regular basis. At times these may not work, you will then need to discuss with your physician for alternatives. Possibly work up to find cause for severe dysmenorrhea. Birth control pills have been prescribed for this . Please consult with your doctor to discuss pros and cons. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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