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Bad cramps every month. Could I get drugs for a bad case of primary dysmenorrhea?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

First line of treatment is usually an NSAID or cousin to aspirin.
The best otc option is Aleve (naproxen) or naproxyn, 400-500 mg twice a day, starting several days before the cramps start. This will usually prevent the cramps and often other symptoms as well by preventing the production of prostaglandins in the body. Next line is hormonal birthcontrol which decreases flow.

In brief: Absolutely

First line of treatment is usually an NSAID or cousin to aspirin.
The best otc option is Aleve (naproxen) or naproxyn, 400-500 mg twice a day, starting several days before the cramps start. This will usually prevent the cramps and often other symptoms as well by preventing the production of prostaglandins in the body. Next line is hormonal birthcontrol which decreases flow.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Discuss w GYN

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.

In brief: Discuss w GYN

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.
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