Menstrual Cramps and PMS - Medication

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Menstrual cramps and PMS medication facts

  • Menstrual cramps that occur in the absence of a known abnormality or cause are medically referred to as primary dysmenorrhea.
  • Non-drug treatments for menstrual cramps include adequate rest and sleep, regular exercise (especially walking), and smoking cessation.
  • Menstrual cramps are not the same as the symptoms experienced due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), although the symptoms of both disorders can sometimes be experienced together.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of emotional, physical, psychological, and mood disturbances that occur after a woman's ovulation; and usually end with the onset of her menstrual flow.
  • For moderate menstrual cramps, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.] or naproxen [Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, Naprelan]) are often helpful. The NSAIDs are more effective than aspirin in inhibiting the production and action of the prostaglandins that cause menstrual cramps.
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Comment from: Anna, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I am a medical administrative student. It has been 9 years since I have been experiencing PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and menstrual problems - mood disorders to severe cramps, vomiting, sweating, cephalagia and pain in my mid and lower back. Although, I have been trying my best to change my eating habits and use the right medicine (Midol works for me). I'm allergic to ibuprofen- makes me dizzy and increases my pain along with shortness of breath.

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