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Are any OTC medications useful?



Are any OTC medications such as Midol useful for the management of premenopausal cramping and bloating? I am 48 years old and take lo-estrogen birth control to manage heavy frequent periods however I now have several weeks of cramping instead of frequent periods. This cramping/bloating, makes me feel just like I felt when I was premenstrual.


You should not be having several weeks of cramping with use of oral contraceptives.  Please check with your doctor about any other possible causes of your symptoms.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati