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Can I take paracetamol for my dysmenorrhea instead of ibuprofen to lower the risk of GI bleeding?Thanks

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Yes

However, paracetamol has been reported by women to be less effecti've in treating dysmenorrhea than Ibuprofen and naproxen.
The latter two are anti-inflammatory medications whereas paracetamol is an analgesic. Short courses (few days) of anti-inflammatory medications carry only a slight GI risk. Patients who take these rx long term (arthritis) have a greater risk of GI problems.

In brief: Yes

However, paracetamol has been reported by women to be less effecti've in treating dysmenorrhea than Ibuprofen and naproxen.
The latter two are anti-inflammatory medications whereas paracetamol is an analgesic. Short courses (few days) of anti-inflammatory medications carry only a slight GI risk. Patients who take these rx long term (arthritis) have a greater risk of GI problems.
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