When someone has symptoms of PMS, severe or mild, they want relief. Sometimes prescription medication is necessary for some women to get that relief or others may find help with natural methods, but there are some over-the-counter medications that may help relieve some women’s symptoms.
Some of the over-the-counter (OTC) medications used are made of ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen or mefenamic acid, most of which are called NSAIDs, nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These come in brand names like Midol, Advil, Actron and Aleve.
Pamprin and Premysyn PMS are also OTC products used for PMS symptoms. For the best relief with these medications you may need to start taking them a few days before your period is to begin.
When it comes to using OTC products be sure you read the labels and know what you are taking. Do not mix products if you do not know if they should go together. Ask the pharmacist or your doctor before taking more than one OTC product at the same time.
Also, check the recommended dose so you know when and how to take them. Repeated NSAIDs use can cause problems with the stomach and even cause ulcers, so be sure to check with your doctor if you have this issue.
While NSAIDs seem to help most with pain related to PMS, products like Premysyn PMS may help more with the other symptoms like bloating and tenderness. One thing that is good about these OTC medications is that teenage girls who are suffering with PMS symptoms can usually take these products without much problem and they find relief.
As always, something that is not OTC, but up to you, are a healthy diet and regular exercise, which still seems to be the best way to keep your body from feeling the full effects of PMS.