Take Two Advil and Call Me in the Morning
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.