Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, reduce menstrual cramps and relieve pain by reducing swelling (inflammation) and lowering the level of the hormone prostaglandin within the uterus.
Before you take any nonprescription medicines for the first time, be sure to carefully read the information on the package. It is important to understand how much of the medicine you should take and when you should take it, as well as reasons not to take the medicine. As with all medicines:
Side effects with NSAIDs are usually mild. Stomach upset or discomfort is the most common side effect. Taking the medicine with food may help.
Do not take NSAIDs if you are taking any of the following medicines:
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