What's Healthier: Ibuprofen or Alternative Medicine?
From Health magazine
“Menstrual cramps begone!”
Toss Up. Ibuprofen has long been a girls best friendand it really is good short-term medicine for acute menstrual cramps. Even though overuse can cause gastrointestinal bleeding or peptic ulcers (in rare cases it can increase heart attack risks), when taken properlyand for just a week a monthibuprofen isnt likely to lead to complications, says Healths gynecological expert Katharine OConnell, MD.
Some research supports the use of vitamins E, B1, and B6, magnesium, evening primrose oil, and omega-3 fatty acids; they relax uterine contractions or reduce inflammatory responses, Vanderbilt professor Tamara Callahan, MD, says. Exercising and applying heat to the lower abdomen have been shown to decrease cramps, studies show. And when used together, heat and ibuprofen provide faster relief.