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

  • Cambia
    (diclofenac)
    Prescription only

    Cambia (diclofenac) works well for pain and is available in many different forms. If you have a history of heart problems or stomach bleeds, it may not be the best choice.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • Aleve
    (naproxen)
    Prescription or OTC

    Aleve (naproxen) works well for treating mild to moderate pain or inflammation, and lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed-release pill
    • Extended-release pill
    • Suspension
  • Advil
    (ibuprofen)
    Over-the-counter

    Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Suspension
  • 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
  • Celebrex
    (Celecoxib)
    Prescription only

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cataflam
    (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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Powder for oral solution

Medication side effects for Menstrual cramps

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Headache.

  • Voltaren: 13%
  • Nitrostat: 63%
  • 13%
  • 63%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Headache

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Headache

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Menstrual cramps

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  • Ibuprofen

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  • Heat packs

  • Rice bag