Start taking the recommended dose of pain
medicine as soon as you feel uncomfortable. If you have painful periods, start
taking the medicine one day before your menstrual period is scheduled to
Take the medicine in regularly scheduled doses to keep the
pain under control. Pain medicine works better if you take it at regularly
Before you take any nonprescription medicine for
the first time, be sure to carefully read the information on the package. It is
important to understand how much of the medicine you should take and when you
should take it as well as reasons not to take the medicine.
take more than the recommended dose.
If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor
before using any medicine.
Apply a heating pad, hot water bottle, or warm
compress to your lower belly, or take a warm bath. Heat improves blood flow and
may relieve pain.
To relieve back pain, lie down and elevate your
legs by placing a pillow under your knees. When lying on your side, bring your
knees up to your chest.