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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

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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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 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?

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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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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My friend 24, was up all last night w/ menstrual cramps, she takes tylenol (acetaminophen) it doesn't help much & also is allergic to Red Dye. Are there alternatives?

My friend 24, was up all last night w/ menstrual cramps, she takes tylenol (acetaminophen) it doesn't help much & also is allergic to Red Dye. Are there alternatives?

Ibuprofen: Tylenol (acetaminophen) lacks the specific anti inflammatory med needed to deal with the cramping.Ibuprofen (looks red but this is not red dye) and naproxen (bluish pill) both have anti-prostaglandin effects needed to do the job. If started before the cycle starts until the day after it stops will control the pain in many women. ...Read more

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I am experiencing really bad menstrual cramps. I have really bad gas. I have taken a tylenol (acetaminophen) already. What should I do?

I am experiencing really bad menstrual cramps. I have really bad gas. I have taken a tylenol (acetaminophen) already. What should I do?

NSAIDS: Nsaids like advil/motrin/ibuprofen are great for treating menstrual cramps, and they are over the counter. Some people can't take these medications - check with your doctor to see if these meds are safe for you to take. Perhaps these cramps are related to your bowels, and not menstrual cramps. You may want to check with your doctor so that you are treating the right cause. ...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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Why am I having stomach pains for a few days now can't sleep at night. I've been taking midol for my menstrual cramps and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for my headaches?

Why am I having stomach pains for a few days now can't sleep at night. I've been taking midol for my menstrual cramps and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for my headaches?

Menstrual cramps: You may need bcp to prevent menstrual cramps or decrease the severity of the menstrual cramps. Please call your doctor and discuss it with your doctor as soon as possible. If you want to discuss shoot me an e-mail click this --> https://www. Healthtap. Com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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My friend 24 was unable to sleep last night w/ menstrual cramps. Can take tylenol (acetaminophen) but not ibuprofen & allergic to red dye, what are alternatives?

My friend 24 was unable to sleep last night w/ menstrual cramps. Can take tylenol (acetaminophen) but not ibuprofen & allergic to red dye, what are alternatives?

Hard to know: Depends on the nature of the ibuprofen allergy. Are all NSAIDs "off the table"? Sometimes, if really just a hypersensitivity to normal pharmacological side effects (which can include hives in the case of nsaids), then co-management of the side effects is possible if nsaids are needed. If ibuprofen specific allergy, then naproxen may be tolerated (otc). Also, tylenol (acetaminophen) without red dye is available. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and menstral cramps. I am in horrible pain. Can I take 800mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) together?

I have a kidney stone and menstral cramps. I am in horrible pain. Can I take 800mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) together?

No: If the pain is so bad, you may wish to visit emergency room of a hospital. Take only one of the medications you mentioned, not both, and if that does not help, it would be prudent to seek medical care. ...Read more

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I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

I always take medication (advil or Tylenol) for my period cramps. Can this indicate too high prostaglandins?

Period cramps: Prostaglandins can create severe uterine contractions, causing cramps. Endometriosis is a condition which can produce ever increasing menstrual cramps, and can lead to infertility. Talk with your gyn provider about low dose oral contraceptives, which can reduce your cramps, and protect your fertility capacity. ...Read more

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Which pain killer is safe to use with chronic gastritis? Have been using Acetaminophen for Menstrual Cramps with no relief.

NSAIDs: You need a NSAID for dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps). There are some combination products available now that include a NSAID such as ibuprofen with a medicine to protect your stomach. Discuss this with your doctor since a prescription is required. Hope this helps and your next period is better. ...Read more

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Can fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) help menstrual cramps?

Can fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) help menstrual cramps?

Neurotransmitter imb: Bad menstrual cycles are caused by imbalance of neurotransmitters that also are neurohormonal balancing tools in the body.

Visit www. Neurosciencemyths. Com for information about Amino Acid therapy to help you greatly. With balanced neurotransmitters, our patients hardly know they are having their periods. They are that comfortable after years of pain etc. ...Read more

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My menstrual cramps are gettingworse. I took ultracet (tramdol and acetaminophen) headache thinking it would help the cramps too, it didnt. I had to leave work, what can I do?

Dysmenorrhea: Try 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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I am having bad menstrual cramps I just took a 500mg of acetaminophen and 0 mg of naproxen. Do you know if this combination is harmful?

I am having bad menstrual cramps I just took a 500mg of acetaminophen and 0 mg of naproxen. Do you know if this combination is harmful?

Be careful mixing: Discuss with your obgyn. Their are better treatments. Too much Acetaminophen can hurt the liver and too much Naproxen can hurt the kidney. If they are to be used together you need to know the limits and this needs to be set by your doctor.
This one time event is probably ok. But see your obgyn asap. ...Read more

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Which is better for menstrual cramps: ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

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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How can I differentiate between primary and secondary dysmenorrhea? I get bad cramps 1 or 2 days of cycle but ALWAYS feel comfort with just 1 advil

How can I differentiate between primary and secondary dysmenorrhea? I get bad cramps 1 or 2 days of cycle but ALWAYS feel comfort with just 1 advil

Yours Primary Dysmen: Primary Dysmenorrhea is defined as cramping pain in lower abdomen occurring just before and during the menstruation in the absence of any disease. Secondary Dysmenorrhea is when the symptoms are caused by a disorder in woman's reproductive system such as Endometriosis, fibroid uterus, Adenomycosis or infection. Your case fits in the Primary Dysmenorrhea ...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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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

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