Medical treatment may include painkillers such as opioid painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or in some cases the combined oral contraceptive pill may be beneficial.

NSAIDs – the most appropriate painkiller for managing period pain. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen may be used to provide period pain relief. In some cases stronger NSAIDs may be required which are available on prescription such as Mefenamic Acid may be the best option.

Opioid Painkillers – may be used in those patients who cannot tolerate NSAIDs, although these are not usually as effective as NSAIDs. Opioids include Paracetamol, Codeine and Dihydrocodeine, which are available over the counter.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 04, 2018 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm