(Closed) Awful cramps with period…drug suggestions?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

How often are you taking the pills?  My doctor said that you take take up to 4 pills at a time with Advil every 4 hours to equal a prescription dose.  You might want to ask your doctor about that.

Post # 4
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This will sound odd, and a bit “crunchy”, but when I started doing yoga my PMS symptoms improved.  Actually, my entire mood improved.  I felt more balanced, and just better in general.

I also trained for and ran a marathon… which made my periods shorter and lighter.  I don’t necessarily suggest doing that, since pretty much everything else on my body hurt… soooo… don’t do that!

Post # 5
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Aleve, or naproxen sodium, works pretty well for me. What works best for me is exercise! I know, you totally don’t feel like you can get up and move around so much, but it really helps. Maybe you can just kinda shake and dance a little bit? Get your heart rate up some?

Post # 6
2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Take The Reins:  Naproxen (sp?). I used to have a script for it, then I discovered you can get it OTC in the US. Not sure if you can get it in Canada OTC or not. They’re these wonderful little blue pills. It’s a muscle relaxant. I had wicked cramps before I started on BC.

Post # 7
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I get bad ones too (now that I’m off BC – which of course helped a ton), so I present three generations of non-drug remedies (I hate relying on drugs):

Grandma always said hot is bad for cramps because it rushes the blood flow to the area – try an ice pack to cool things down and see if that helps slow things down? (it works for me)

Mom always swore serious exercise helps – but sometimes I think that was just bbecause she was trying to get me to the gym.

My #1 remedy is to lie down and unclench. Sitting at a desk or on the couch just makes it worse. Lying down and stretching out my back has a tendancy to help.

Post # 10
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Take The Reins:  I hear that whole desk jockey thing. If there’s no anyone around to see, you can always try bopping around in your chair? I do it all the time even though everyone can see me. I think they’re just use to me being weird.

Post # 12
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

ADVIL MIGRAINE LIQUID-GELS.  Changed my life.  Seriously amazing OTC pills.  Not sure if they are available in Canada…

Post # 13
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Naproxen sodium is available in Canada both as Aleve and as its generic name. In prescription form you get 500mg and in OTC it is 200 mg so I will sometimes take three pills – more than you are supposed to but it does help my pain which is what I care about T that point. 


My great aunt is an oncologist and she says part of pain Management is not letting it get so bad in the first place, you need fewer drugs that way. When do you take your drugs, when your first symptoms hit or when the pain is bad enough?

Post # 14
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had my doctor call me in a prescription strength pain reliever for menstrual cramps. They worked wonders. I could finally funtion while on my period like normal women do. I mean they were amazing! Your doctor can defintely call you something in that will significantly alleviate the pain. I would ask him/her about it. Good luck!

Post # 16
2971 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ibuprofen has always worked the best for me. or tylenol with codeine, if i happen to have any. but usually ibuprofen works, along with some exercise if i feel up to it. for a while there i wasn’t getting cramps, i was just extremely nauseous for the first 1-3 days and it was awful. i never thought i’d wish for cramps again, because at least i can take drugs for them!

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