Menstrual Pain (cont.)
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What natural or home remedies relieves or gets rid of menstrual cramps?
If anti-inflammatory medication is not an option, or if additional relief is needed, the following natural therapies strategies may help relieve menstrual cramping and pain:
If taking hormonal birth control is not an option because of health problems, or the woman is among the 10% of women who do not respond to this treatment, some researchers have proposed other alternative treatments including:
What OTC pain relievers ease or gets rid of menstrual cramps?
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The best way to initiate relief of painful menstrual cramps is to take an anti-inflammatory medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, thereby reducing pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen (Advil is a familiar brand name), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and ketoprofen (Orudis) are available over-the-counter without a prescription. They are all effective in blocking the effects of prostaglandins.
If a woman with menstrual cramps is not already taking an anti-inflammatory medicine, the health-care professional may advise her to take one of the OTC (over-the-counter pain) relievers or prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2016
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