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What is the best type of midol?
Yes. That time of the month is simply unbearable for me. I've tried lots of things, but everyone says Midol works the best. I noticed there were many different kind of it :
Midol PM
Midol Teen ( I'm 17 so I'm not sure if I want that )
Midol Complete
Midol Extended relief
and Midol Liquid Gels

I was just curious as to what people like the best? Especially for cramps and bloating.
dancababs101
10/20/10
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  Those are pretty-well all the same, right? If you've used Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) to relieve your cramps, and they didn't work, Midol won't work any more for you. Most Midol formulations include acetaminophen, with some that switch to ibuprofen. They are even in the same doses as your traditional household pain relievers. Unless the bloating is really bad, you might as well save your money and not buy a different product (not all of them even have a diuretic, and there are better ways to treat bloating than a diuretic).

To each their own though, right? The PM does include a sleep inducer (I'd rather take my herbs, personally) so it's a pain because you shouldn't take it during the day. And the Midol Teen does not use caffeine, so it won't interfere with other caffeine consumption, which has advantages. And the liquid gels, like all liquid gels, digest quicker if you need a quick kick. Of course, I have liquid gel Advil for my migraines, and it even uses the same dose.

At least the Extended relief doesn't use Aspirin as its NSAID, so that gives a new option for people with allergies. Actually, if you're really struggling to find something, this is the one that has the most uncommon pain reliever (Naproxen sodium - only really Alieve uses it).

Personally, my water consumption prevents bloating and I've discovered giving in to cravings reduces my cramps. When they get bad, I go for warmth and just reach for whatever pain reliever is in the house.

Of course, I am a freak who reads the medical ingredients of every OTC drug I buy, so I think way too much about this stuff.

EDIT: if you are really stuck to find something that works, you might want to talk to a pro about OTC drug combining. If you choose relievers that are from different drug families - so they work different ways and won't just interact or raise the dose - you can take them together and it's a one-two punch, or at least doesn't leave you struggling to figure out which one works. For example, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil (ibuprofen) can be combined, provided you start with lows doses. But talk to a pro because you don't want things to interact.
Lauren J
10/21/10
Poll for GIRLS: What are your reliefs from menstral cramps ect?
I use Midol PM because they usually get bad the 1st few days when I go to bed esp since it usually starts at like 2AM while I am sleeping. Then I have Midol liquid gels because gels are easier for me to take.

Does the heating pad work?
Midol or Pamprin?
Is it bad to mix the two midol and pamprin?
I already decided if I take pamprin I'd get the max one in the pink box becuase I get headaches, irritability, cramps, and fatigue.

I am 19 years old.
♥ Chevy Girl ♥
07/13/10
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  Something that has been really helpful, but it is only temporary (or as temporary as the person lets it be) is recieving a lower back rub.
My boyfriend is really good to me when he knows I'm cramping, and it helps A LOT when he rubs my lower back - the pain goes away COMPLETELY, but only until he stops the rubbing.

I don't see how this would be too helpful at 2AM, but if you're having a friend sleepover and/or if you have a boyfriend and are with him at those times, maybe you can get them to give you a back rub?
(I don't like flooding body with medication, so I usually resort to something external rather than internal).

Also, the heating pad will work, and have similar effects to a hot bath (which REALLY works)!

Good luck!
cat
07/13/10
Can someone please help me with a question about Midol and Ibuprofen?
Hi, I use medications with ibuprofen like Motrin and Advil to deal with cramps. However, I have recently noticed that I suffer from quite a bit of bloating also so I'm thinking about switching to Midol which is also supposed to help with bloat and fatigue. One thing I've noticed about Midol is that it does not use ibuprofen for pain relief, it uses something called Acetaminophen. Anyway I usually take 1 or 2 200 mg of ibuprofen to deal with the pain but Midol uses 500 mg of Acetaminophen for each gelcap. Does anyone know if the two drugs have equal pain relieving power? Thanks, your answers are much appreciated.
I did say I'm planning on switching to Midol not taking both and I've gone to Midol.com but I'm trying to find out if ibuprophen and acetaminophen have equal pain relieving power or do you have to take more or less.
Trice
08/17/06
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  I take midol because cannot take any ibuprofen or aspirin products and it does have less of the pain reliever than your ibuprofen,but midol has caffeine in it. and in pain relievers the caffeine absorbs the medicine to help it to work faster. you should be able to go to webmd.com for info on midol and caffeine with pain relievers
mssashley1
08/22/06
Is it bad to mix Midol and Benylin cold and sinus?
I've also got a massive headache but I figured throwing advil in to that mix would just be pushing it.

I took the benylin, and then took the midol appx. 4 hours later and then benylin again about 3-4 hours later. Should I just not take the midol at all?
Julia_Gooner<3
10/17/09
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Do Midol and alcohol mix badly and is there anything I can do to fix the damage?
I had really bad cramps, so I took 2 Midol pills. They didn't really help much, but after a few hours the pain went away. I read the label about alcohol and I don't normally drink, but about 9 hours after taking the Midol, I had 3 drinks and it definitely got to me more than it would normally. Is the interaction between the two still there even with a 9-hour gap? And if there's liver damage, is there anything I can do about it? Thanks!
aguabottle
06/19/08
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  nine hours later i wouldnt really worry about it. midol isnt an intense body damaging drug and unless there is a warning on the box im sure you are fine. but 9 hours would be enough time for it to wear off anyhow.
kpr1491
06/19/08
whats the diuretic in midol for?
i bought midol complete for the first time today and i was reading the box and i realized it said it had 15mg of pyrilamine maleate which is a diuretic...what does a diuretic do? i realize that during my time of the month i tend to use the bathroom more and i was wondering if taking this will make it worse or better? also does midol work well for cramps bloating and fatigue? thanks
Kierstin L
01/06/11
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  It helps to prevent fluid retention. Our bodies start to hold water and cause the bloating that you are familiar with. It helps to reduce it.
thinker
01/06/11
midol...??
okay i bloat a lot during my time of month and sometimes 2 weeks before it would midol help prevent this?? and when do you think i should take it so it would work
akdfkalj
08/15/07
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  Midol or Pamperin will help. You can get it at your local drugstore or Walmart and instructions are on the box. =)
sam1230
08/15/07
Midol?????
Does Midol work really well, if not, what other pain meds for when it's that time of the month? And, do you have to be 18 or older to buy it?
♥ Animal Lover ♥
04/08/08
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  naproxen works really well too
LYNN W
04/08/08
can I take Ibuprofen with With Midol?
midol - acetaminphen, caffiene, pyrilamine maleate.
BikerChrissy
05/26/09
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  You should not take them at the same time. From experience I know that you can alternate them, but if you take both painkillers at the same time you will feel really sick with nausea, possible vomiting and diarrhea (sorry so graphic but you get the point here). It is just not smart to overload your body with both things at once. Take care.
Pisces_mom
05/26/09
Do you think I should use midol?
I have my period all through soccer tryouts next week and I want to know if I should use midol. And If I should do you think I get teen, complete,maximum relief, or liquid gels. All i have is bad cramps but just to be on the safe side....?
oh and btw i am 13
alexis!
08/08/10
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  What worked for me is to watch your diet a week before and during your cycle. Drink lots of water. Avoid pop, sweets, and salt. Sweets, salt, and pop encourage bloating and cramping - which you do not want. During your cycle and if you have cramps, take a pain reliever. I personally use Pamprin or Aleve - Pamprin is meant to be used for periods. Aleve seems to do the job for me most of the time. Take as prescribed on the bottle - don't overdue. As you get older, you will know what to do to make your cycles easier for you.
Just the Facts, Please
08/08/10
what's the difference between midol and a regular pain reliever?
i usually take ibuprofen but it's not working. i have horrible cramps and muscle aches and a headache and ibuprofen isn't doing anything. i want to try midol, but is it any different?
oh hi.
10/01/08
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  Midol contains the pain reliever Naproxen sodium which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. The same ingredient as Aleve. Sometimes, if one pain reliever isn't working, another one will so go ahead and try the Midol.
♫Aye♫Aye
10/01/08
Is it safe to take Midol and Advil PM both?
I have insomnia badly so I want to take Advil PM as per usual, but I also have Niagara falls flowing from my vagina, so I took just Midol.

Is it okay to take the Advil PM as well?
Reddest
09/02/09
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  Yes it's okay to take Advil PM and Midol together. Advil's active ingredient is ibuprofen (Motrin) whereas Midol's active ingredient is acetaminophen (Tylenol). I recommend that you take them at least 1/2 hour apart though so it's not too hard on your liver.
batraylover
09/02/09
Can I take Midol (which has Acetometophine) and a 800mg IBU pill that is doctor perscribed together??
I suffer from terrible cramps - and I mean terrible.
I have my college orientation today and I cannot afford to remain in dying pain all day.
Can I take Midol, that has Acetopmetophine in it, and an 800 mg pill of Ibuprofen together???
Please Help!!!
Kelly M
08/21/08
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  Yes.. You can take both. I often take tylenol (acetaminophen) and 800mg of Ibuprofen as well. You can take that every 6 hours and be alright! My boyfriends a doctor and always encourages me to do that. =)
Lilly v
08/21/08
Is it okay to take Midol to kick start your period?
I am sooo blooted and i am so wanting to kick start it. If i took some Midol would it help me to start my cycle? I know that its good for water build up and cramping.
nickole30
05/09/08
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  It won't induce your period, but it will help with your bloated feeling. No harm in taking it.
Sarah
05/09/08
Midol PM------Diphenhydramine citrate overdose?
I have terrible cramps... and i take midol pm at night to help me sleep... Well today i took 4 because i had cramps, and then took a nap... and i just took 4 more to go to bed without thinking... I feel like i have heartburn and my heart is beating so fast even though im so tired... i can barely hold my eyes open... Each pill contains 500mg of Acet. and 38 mg of Diphen. I weigh 130 pounds. I dont know what to do. I know this is stupid... so please spare me the lecture... it was a mistake...Am i going to be ok?
erf
06/04/10
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  Check the bottle and see if it says how many you shouldn't take in a 24 hour span. Like some OTC medications will tell you not to take more than X amount in 24 hours or something. For example, my bottle of Advil PM says don't take more than 2 pills in 24 hours. Anyway, you should be okay. Just rest and drink plenty of water when you're not dead asleep. If you get worried too much, you can contact your poison control center or head over to the ER. But if it were me, I'd save those for an absolute last resort.

Good luck & feel better!
мegan
06/04/10
I just took ibuprofen I have midol at home. How long do I have to wait until I can take the midol?
I am at work and I only have ibuprofen with me. I want to take midol when I get home. How long do I have to wait?
JaniceQ
01/28/09
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  4 hours
loved by many
01/28/09
What works better teen midol or regular?
I just bought a package of teen midol and was wondering if i should have bought regular I have terrible cramps. I haven't used it yet.
♥Cherry♥
09/18/09
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  Either one of them work just the same. I've tried both and they are both extremely good at getting rid of cramps.
Jessica R
09/18/09
what happens is you take midol max strength a week before surgery?
So i am having surgery in 9 days, i just started having the worst cramps and the only thing that works is Midol max strength. I have only taken 5 pills all together and that's all i am gong to take. How bad is it that I took them 9 days before surgery? what can happen?
Chelle
08/01/10
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Does midol work for severe period cramps better than the pill?
I have bad period cramps and I wanted to go on the pill. My periods are over eight days and I know the pill reduces the length and helps with regulation and cramps. But my mom just wants to try midol. Will this work?
Kelley S
02/25/11
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  The pill does have its advantages but they can also have bad effects such as weight gain.
I'd try midol first.
If that doesn't work for you then you could go ask your doctor about going on the pill or see if he/she has any other suggestions.
frackyes
02/25/11
Advil Liquid Gels vs. Midol for Period?
I have always taken 2-3 Advil (or ibuprofen) every 4-5 hours when I am having my period. I get really bad cramps (so bad I get sick to my stomach and throw up on occasion). This time around I've got really bad bloating, too. My friend is getting married tomorrow and I need to get rid of the bloating.

Advil seems to help a little with it, but more with the cramps. How does Midol work in relation to Advil for Cramps and Bloating? I need the strong pain killer, but need more bloat killer (lol). Any help would be appreciated to anything else I can do.

Thank you!
DanceTeacher
12/28/07
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  Well I use Advil, but I don't get that bloating. Never have. I'm a teen so I don't really want to buy some midol because we don't have any in the house.

I would say that your best would have to be Midol because it is especially made for period pains, cramps, bloating. It works very effectively. Sometimes Advil doesn't work for me.

Congrats for your friend. I wish her the best of luck on her big day!
Brown Eyed Girl
12/28/07
Tss?.. Probsbly not but still curious women only...?
I woke up today with very bad cramps. I got my period last night and thought it was period cramps but they were really bad/: im talkin i was crying they hurt so bad i felt nacious and i didnt puke but i felt like puking. I took 2 midol liquid gel pills and after a couple hours the pain eased to a sharp pain i guess then it was gone.. Cramps came back a few times again throughout the day but not nearly as bad.. Then i took another midol pill 4-5 hours later. And they eased to almostt no pain and i took another one currently and the pain is easing..The cramps arent fully gone, But im curious about tss? I mean the pills took care of the pain but im afraid the cramps will come back again either tonight or tomorrow.. Im just curious about whats wrong? Idk if this has anything to do with anything but i think im a little anemic also
z
01/04/11
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What's the difference between Midol liquid gels and just the solid pills?
Kristen
11/18/10
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  Liquids are better absorbed by the body. Pills usually have fillers to make them hard that make the pill not as easily absorbed by the body. A good test is to drop the pill in a cup of water for 15 minutes, if it doesn't dissolve, use a pill crusher when you take the pill in the future and add the powder to half a cup to a cup of water so it will more easily be absorbed by the body.
☼Get Well Soon!☼
11/19/10
Possible to get cramps so bad, you throw up?
I started my period at about 10:00 last night and fell asleep at around 12:00 when I just started to feel a little cramping, but mild enough to fall asleep. I woke up at about 2:30 with excruciating pain in my stomach, sides and all down the front of my thighs. When I sat up, it felt like I had to throw up. I got up, got a glass of milk and 2 Midol liquid gels and drew a hot bath and soaked my stomach in it for about a half hour. It felt better but as soon as I got back into my clothes and into my room, it hurt just as bad as before. I lied on my stomach in front of my heater for about 20 minutes and still no better. I went in the bathroom to get my slippers and had to throw up. It was just Fritos and cheese dip I had with my parents so it wasn't that, my parents were fine. I don't think it was the Midol either 'cause I had food in my stomach when I took them and I felt sick when I first woke up. Well I threw up about 6 times and was finally able to fall asleep ... at 6:30. Why did this happen to me? I rarely get cramps when I'm on my period, usually just gas pain, and when I do get cramps, they're 100 times less painful than they were last night. I started my period when I was 12 and I'm 20 now. What is up what that? Why did I throw up?
♀♥♂☮Trippy Hippie☮♂♥♀
11/29/09
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Why is the antihistamine pyrilamine maleate an ingredient in Midol and Pamprin?
Just wondering if anyone knows why they would put an antihistamine in drugs for period cramps???
sunfly
04/21/09
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  Its a pain killer ingredient.
Cindy
04/21/09
Chloromycetin interactions?
What would be the side effects of mixing chloromycetin pills (chloramphenicol) 250 mg. That I take 3 times a day every 8 hrs with the following:

Midol/Tylenol? (For menstrual cramps and/or headaches)

Alcohol? (Only in the weekends)

Thanks!

-Sora
Sora
10/26/10
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  There are no known interactions between chloramphenicol and the ingredients in Midol, and chloramphenicol and alcohol. However, it does not mean that no interactions exist so if you do experience any odd symptoms please see your doctor.

http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=579-0,1034-14582,34-9933
Kate from Drugs.com
10/30/10
Can I take a 750mg Methocarbamol and two midol pills as well?
I have terrible cramps and was prescribed Methocarbamol (a muscle relaxant) for them but the Methocarbamol alone isn't cutting it. Can I also take two midols as well?
Alyssius
07/24/09
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  I wouldn't advise mixing these two together. But if you want to be absolutely sure, you can call up the pharmacist at your local drugstore, or call and ask your doctor (leave a message and get him to call you back if he's busy).

I had extremely severe cramps most of my life. Before they invented ibuprofens I was taking 4 emperin codeines every 4 hours and it wasn't strong enough for me. Once ibuprofens came on the market, I found that I had to double the recommended dosage to 4 ibuprofens every 4 hours, and this seemed to help a great deal and I was able to work during my period. Worked better for me than anything else I tried. I recommend using the Motrin IB brand from the store (non-prescription).

See if you can find Lemon Balm herb at an herb store or health food store that carries lots of herbs, and you can take it as 1/2 cup of tea along with the 4 ibuprofens, works good; but will make you sleepy.

Some tips to help prevent cramps from being worse:

Before your period, take some laxatives, take some diuretics to get rid of excess water; this takes some pressure off of the uterus and lessens severity of cramps.

Tip: During your period, eat very little food the first two days, as this also takes pressure off of uterus. Absolutely do not drink any coffee or take anything that has caffeine in it because this makes the cramps a lot more severe by restricting blood flow.

P.S. I am not personally familiar with the pain killer your doctor prescribed, but if it isn't working very well I'd have him prescribe something stronger; but try my advice, above, first, since taking prescription drugs isn't the best idea since they tend to have side effects.
Maraiya Storm
07/25/09

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