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Tylenol vs. Advil: Which is Better for Menstrual Pain

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People with bleeding disorders, stomach ulcers and poor kidney function should avoid NSAID use in general.

1. Marjoribanks J, Proctor M, Farquhar C, Derks RS. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001751. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001751.pub2.
2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menstrual-cramps/DS00506/DSECTION=causes
3. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p285.html

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Ibuprofen is the only thing that works on my cramps. I don't know how women did it before that stuff was invented.

May 15, 2017 - 8:31am
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NSAIDs never worked for me. Extra strength tylenol does okay if taking well before having the cramps. Overall heat, laying down and trying to take nap while not crying is the only way to pass through the excruciatingly painful contractions.

January 29, 2016 - 12:20pm
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