Women's health

Menstrual cramps

(Dysmenorrhea)

  • Also known as
  • Painful period

Top Medications for Menstrual cramps according to our users

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All Medications for Menstrual cramps

  • Pain reliever > Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

    • Cambia
      (Diclofenac potassium)
      Prescription only

      Cataflam (Diclofenac Potassium) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral solution
    • Indocin
      (Indomethacin)
      Prescription only

      Indocin (Indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Celebrex
      (Celecoxib)
      Prescription only

      Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Ibuprofen
      Prescription or OTC

      Advil (Ibuprofen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Oral suspension
    • Naproxen
      Prescription or OTC

      Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release tablet
      • Liquid
  • Vasodilator > Nitrate

    • Nitrostat
      (Nitroglycerin)
      Prescription only

      Nitroglycerin is the fastest-working medicine to relieve chest pain, but make sure to sit down before taking it.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Patch
      • Mouth spray
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Rectal gel or ointment

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What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Ibuprofen
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  • Rice bag
  • Heat packs