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Best painkillers for very painful period cramps

(29 Posts)
loopyloou Thu 29-Aug-13 10:59:25

My periods have become more painful with age (now 49 years) and are heavy on days 1 and 2. I've tried Boots period pain relief and Feminax but they don't touch the pain.

Does anyone use painkillers with codeine and which would you recommend?

I'm aware that codeine is addictive, but would only be taking them for 1 or 2 days. I'm very wary of the side effect of constipation, as my IBS causes this anyway, but think it may be worth a try, as I am unable to work when the pain is so bad.

MotherOfSoupDragon Mon 07-Oct-13 21:43:24

Sorry to hear that Solid, it's miserable, isn't it? Especially knowing it will come round again and again. Try 2 paracetamol (of 500 dose)and 2 ibuprofen (of 200 dose) at the same time. It worked for me with a hot water bottle last month.

Just signing in with fellow-feeling. First period for about 6 months and I am utterly miserable: my belly hurts, my back hurts, my chuff hurts and my ringpiece hurts. I have had a paracetamol but it's not done much. Might try some whisky instead.

MotherOfSoupDragon Sat 05-Oct-13 23:05:49

Thanks smile I have seen my gp and a specialist about this. They have prescribed mefanamic acid but I haven't tried it yet due to the side effects.

orangeflutie Thu 03-Oct-13 16:42:53

You could talk to your doctor if pain is really bad. I've been prescribed codeine sulphate and paracetamol for endometriosis. You absolutely have to take movicol alongside the codeine to avoid constipation and your doctor would probably prescribe this at the same time.

VenusDeWillendorf Thu 03-Oct-13 15:22:41

Take mefanamic acid, or Ponstan as its branded.
It's an anti proglandins iirc, so should stop the clotting and cramping.

OTC stuff is ok, but I think you should have an appontment with your GP and gynae, to rule out other disease, like endometriosis, or anything else nasty.

loopyloou Wed 11-Sep-13 23:52:14

Thanks smile TOTM started Monday and I took 2 ibuprofen and 2 paracetamol at the same time every 6 hours and kept the pain under control smile Much better than last month.

nannyafrica Wed 11-Sep-13 21:00:58

Sorry not been on computer for a few days
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/857.aspx?CategoryID=73&SubCategoryID=103
NHS says you can and I do.

loopyloou Sun 01-Sep-13 19:50:33

Is that safe, Nanny? I will give it a try smile

nannyafrica Sun 01-Sep-13 19:29:36

Trying taking the Paracetamol and Ibuprofen at the same time, not one then the other 4 hours after, this working for me.

loopyloou Sun 01-Sep-13 14:27:52

Thanks missbopeep, I'll search for them smile

missbopeep Sun 01-Sep-13 13:58:06

On a completely different note there are some simple yoga poses which are supposed to help with cramps. I can't begin to try to describe them and know you can't do them in an office setting but if you google you'll prob find them.

loopyloou Sun 01-Sep-13 13:43:24

I have tried taking ibuprofen and paracetamol alternate every four hours, but when the pain is really bad it doesn't touch it. I literally am doubled over with pain and can only bear it with a very hot hot water bottle curled up tight in bed - not ideal for work!

Iheartcrunchiebars Fri 30-Aug-13 13:44:38

Two paracetamol and two norofen taken every 4 hours even through the night. Lifesaver.

pombal Fri 30-Aug-13 13:43:21

I have endometriosis and always find a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen good for bad period pain x

loopyloou Fri 30-Aug-13 13:36:01

Tbh at this moment in time I don't care what it costs as long as it works! shock

usualsuspect Fri 30-Aug-13 13:11:32

I couldn't spell ibuprofen,that's why I said nurofen grin

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 13:09:01

isn't Nurofen Plus just ibuprofen and codeine ( which costs 20 times less as a generic drug). You could buy each separately- Nurofen is a complete rip off.

loopyloou Fri 30-Aug-13 11:32:13

Ok, thanks. I'll take it when the heavy bleeding starts.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Fri 30-Aug-13 10:18:09

Normally, mine starts in the evening, is heavy the next morning and I am in need of pain relief by lunchtime, so I take it that morning.

I would take it at the first niggle if I was not sure.

loopyloou Thu 29-Aug-13 16:20:52

Just been to Boots and bought Nurofen Plus. Will try that next week when my period starts. How far in advance do you take them? My period is quite weird these days (sorry, tmi!), it sort of starts and stops a bit. I get a bit of bleeding, then it stops, but will probably start properly (with cramps) in the next couple of days. When would you start taking the Nurofen Plus?

loopyloou Thu 29-Aug-13 11:24:40

Thanks. I have mefenamic (sp?) acid, the specialist prescribed it, but after reading up on it, it seems you need to take it before your period starts, but mine are irregular, so I never know when to take it. Also have read that it doesn't work for a lot of people, but has worrying side effects. Consequently I haven't tried it yet.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Thu 29-Aug-13 11:23:51

I take 2 neurophen plus (ibuprofen and codeine) on the morning of the first day before the pain starts then 1 to keep it topped up every 4 hours. I then make sure I eat sensibly (low GI) and regularly and drink plenty during the day. That is what I learned when coping with bad periods in my late teens, and it still works for me.

usualsuspect Thu 29-Aug-13 11:15:05

Nurofen always worked for me.

Feminax works for me I have horrendous periods sad

ANormalOne Thu 29-Aug-13 11:10:25

As MrsMac said, don't buy branded though - it's a waste of money. None branded stuff contains the exact same ingredients, does the exact same thing at a fraction of the cost.

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