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Take Two Advil and Call Me in the Morning

By Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Ob-Gyn with Christine Larson
WebMD Feature by “The Body Scoop for Girls”

Doctor’s Orders: Advil or Ibuprofen for Cramps

  • Start with 400 milligrams (2 pills of 200-milligram strength) every four hours beginning on the day before you expect your period. Always take NSAIDs with food to protect your stomach.
  • If that dose level doesn’t work, try taking 3 pills of 200 milligrams every six hours.
  • If that still doesn’t work, ask your doctor for a stronger prescription-strength dose.

Note that Tylenol is not an NSAID and is not the best treatment for period pain.

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