Treatment Options for Menstrual Cramps
If you are experiencing severe menstrual cramps (called dysmenorrhea) on a regular basis, there are some things your health care professional might suggest you try for relief, including over-the-counter and prescription medications and exercise, among other strategies.
Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be purchased without a prescription. If you take your medication at the earliest sign of cramping, you are likely to feel a dramatic improvement, sometimes even complete relief of your symptoms.
Other ways to relieve symptoms include applications of heat on your abdominal area and mild forms of exercise.
Danazol (Danocrine) is a synthetic drug that resembles a male hormone, and is sometimes used to reduce severe menstrual cramps, menorrhagia, fibroids and symptoms of endometriosis. Occasionally, it is used in conjunction with an oral contraceptive. The drug works by suppressing menstruation and estrogen levels. Side effects may include facial hair, deepening of the voice, weight gain, acne, dandruff and elevated cholesterol levels. Pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant are not advised to take this medication due to potential risk of birth abnormalities.