Pain Relief: Best Treatments for Four Common Miseries
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the April 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Regular monthly discomfort:
Take an over-the-counter NSAID. "Studies have shown that these are more effective than acetaminophen in reducing this kind of pain," says Portenoy.
You need something stronger:
Your doctor may suggest a prescription-strength NSAID. Another option is suppressing your cycle with birth control pills, or—if the pain is bad enough—a short-acting opioid.