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Old 03.10.2011, 12:17
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Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Okay, for years here I've been limping along with normal pain relief sources for menstrual pain, unfortunately though, all it does is take the edge off.

Lately though (last few months), my cramps actually are not so dissimilar from when I was having actual contractions. My lower back feels like it's trying to grind itself into dust.

That's only dealing with the pain aspect though, but mood is even worse. Yesterday I had to turn off some game show that was something about winning money for someone who was a personal hero, I just couldn't bear to hear it even as background noise, it was making me cry wracking sobbing tears. This is not me! Well, not the normal non-hormonal me anyhow.


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I used to get Pamprin "multi symptom" in the US which had not only something for bloating, cramping and pain but also something for fatigue and moods.

Does anyone know of a similar product here? Over-the-counter?

When I'd brought up the mood thing with the doctor before, she tried to get me taking something that is used to treat people who are bi-polar. Not really such a big deal on one hand (I am feeling a bit like Sybil right now) BUT it was something I was supposed to take "forever" - not for special relief for just the few days surrounding the arrival of "Auntie Flo."
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Old 03.10.2011, 12:50
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Difficult, as European regulators are getting tough on over-the-counter combination medication.

Pamprin contains paracetamol (the over-the counter sale of which has recently been restricted - 10 g, or 20 tablets of 500mg each), combined with a first generation antihistamine and a diuretic. A pharmacist could be able to mix these ingredients for you, as long as they don't require a prescription.

The closest ready-mixed thing on the market is probably Grippostad (paracetamol + antihistamine (not the same as in Pamprin) + vitamine C + caffeine, but no diuretic).
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

I used to have this problem quite a lot. I found that taking in extra calcium during this time really helped. I mean, anything is worth a try when the pain is that bad, right?
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Are you sur you don't have a new medical condition that would explain those pains? If they got so intense recently, a checkup might be in order?

Are you taking any contraceptive at all? I opted for the Mirena IUS, and I have NO periods at all! And before that I took a progestative pill for 5 years, and had no periods either!
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Oh sweetie. I'm so sorry. I usually just take ibuprofen. I up the dose on the OTC meds without going over the recommended amount per day and that usually does it for me.

So I never looked for a multi symptom in CH. There are 4000 of them down here! Walls & walls of PMS meds. Do you want me to send you some to try next time?
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Are you sur you don't have a new medical condition that would explain those pains? If they got so intense recently, a checkup might be in order?

Are you taking any contraceptive at all? I opted for the Mirena IUS, and I have NO periods at all! And before that I took a progestative pill for 5 years, and had no periods either!
I have to agree this is the easiest way of avoid period pain.
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Oh, that sounds terrible I would really advice you to check with your gynecologist to see if everything is ok! It sounds really scary!

I usually take Panadol or Alges-Xforte (ibuprofčne). The later knocks the pain quite quickly, but makes me slightly sleepy. I don't actually suffer with mood swings, so can't help you with that

I hope you find something to make you feel better!
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Are you taking any contraceptive at all? I opted for the Mirena IUS, and I have NO periods at all!
After years and years of the symptoms you describe Peg A, I also have the Mirena IUS and my periods too are history. I have never looked back, although next year I have to have it removed, so it may be a different story then!
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Okay, for years here I've been limping along with normal pain relief sources for menstrual pain, unfortunately though, all it does is take the edge off.

Lately though (last few months), my cramps actually are not so dissimilar from when I was having actual contractions. My lower back feels like it's trying to grind itself into dust.

That's only dealing with the pain aspect though, but mood is even worse. Yesterday I had to turn off some game show that was something about winning money for someone who was a personal hero, I just couldn't bear to hear it even as background noise, it was making me cry wracking sobbing tears. This is not me! Well, not the normal non-hormonal me anyhow.


So. The point.
I used to get Pamprin "multi symptom" in the US which had not only something for bloating, cramping and pain but also something for fatigue and moods.

Does anyone know of a similar product here? Over-the-counter?

When I'd brought up the mood thing with the doctor before, she tried to get me taking something that is used to treat people who are bi-polar. Not really such a big deal on one hand (I am feeling a bit like Sybil right now) BUT it was something I was supposed to take "forever" - not for special relief for just the few days surrounding the arrival of "Auntie Flo."
I guess you probably have already been checked but you don't mention it on your post but here goes anyway - have you asked your doc to check for endometriosis? I believe the pain for that can be excruciating.
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Before going on birth control, my cocktail was: two naproxen sodium (Aleve) (for pain), one banana or kiwi (for potassium - helps with cramping) + immodium advanced (helped with bloating) + glass of red wine (generally is a good thing) + butterfly stretches + warm bath as needed. Follow with ibuprofen as needed.

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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

If your cramps have suddenly become worse, I would definitely see a doctor about it.

Before I became pregnant earlier this year, my cramps had suddenly become unbearable (even the ibuprofen stopped helping). So I went to a Frauenklinik -- they did an ultra-sound and then an MRI and found myoms (aka "uterine fibroids").

Anyways, for the cramps, my doctor prescribed something for me called "Buscopan" which contains hyoscine butylbromide -- an antispasmodic that is often used for cramps here. (I had never heard of this medicine when I was living in the States). So the Buscopan seemed to help, but then I got pregnant and obviously no longer needed them so I wasn't on them for very long.

Here is a link with some info in case you're interested:

http://www.buscopan.com/com/en/main/...rual/index.jsp

I hope you feel better soon!
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Peg I know exactly what you mean, there are no pain killers here that help me, dont know why guess i am weird. Just been for a check up with my doctor and I had the marina copper IUD, had to get it removed as it had moved and would have ruptured if i had left it, and it made my cramps and everything worse and heavier. So just be careful the IUDs are not for everyone. As for the moods still havent found anything that helps either, my hubby says that he is moving out for 10 days every month LOL. Tried the injection same story and the implant. So next step is one of the contaceptive pills that are available for someone of my weight.
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Definitely make an appointment to see your gynaecologist. Mine prescribed me extra extra strong pain killers. I also asked him to prescribe me something for the vomiting but he told me it was linked to the pain and that I wouldn't have problems if I took them. I didn't believe him, but I must say that he was right! Since then I have had no vomiting and no passing out from the pain . I was also diagnosed with endometriosis. Now I'm pregnant, so just waiting for the 9 month payback of all those missed periods...
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Thank you for all the responses ladies (and Tom Tulpe)!

I have been putting off appointment to gyn due to last visit, her not wanting to "hear" what I was trying to say on a very touchy matter.

I've been prescribed buscopan in the past, it worked pretty well along with some simple pain killer.. but didn't touch the mood issue.

I also was prescribed "Premens" which is agni casti extract (aka Chasteberry), but was frightened off taking it when I read up on the medication as the doctor said I'd have to take it every day as opposed to just the couple (4 or so) days when it's at it's worst. As the pills I have from then haven't expired yet, maybe I'll take them back to the pharmacist and ask some more detailed info, which I'd not been in a proper frame of mind to do back when they were initially prescribed. This is the stuff I'd mentioned in my opening post that is also (apparently) prescribed for sufferers of manic depression / bi-polar disorders.


So far as endometriosis goes, I'm not sure. Definitely something to ask the doctor, it's something my old doctors (in US) used to bring up as a complication from irregular periods.

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So far as endometriosis goes, I'm not sure. Definitely something to ask the doctor, it's something my old doctors (in US) used to bring up as a complication from irregular periods.

Thanks again!
Ahh... Now I know exactly what you are going through. Yes. You must be careful of that & really, get a new Gyn. Life it too short to spent time with a Dr. who you don't like/ doesn't really listen.

Good luck! & really let me know if you want me to send you something. I can check if we have the same as Midol.
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Many moons ago an oldish male GP told me that menstrual pains were the luxury of modern women in well developed countries who have nothing else to worry about. Apparently starving women in Africa never ever complained of PMS...

I'm still fuming over this a$$hole! Needless to say I went to see another GP!
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Re: Midol / Pamprin - something!!

Well, you know that the term hysteria comes from the "observation" that male physicians once made: that having a uterus makes you a little crazy (Greek word hystera=uterus)!

Read more about the sordid history here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_hysteria

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Many moons ago an oldish male GP told me that menstrual pains were the luxury of modern women in well developed countries who have nothing else to worry about. Apparently starving women in Africa never ever complained of PMS...

I'm still fuming over this a$$hole! Needless to say I went to see another GP!

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I am going to USA tomorrow if you want be to bring you something back just let me know!!
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