Which NSAIDs are preferred in the treatment of dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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NSAIDs that achieve peak serum concentrations within 30-60 minutes and have a faster onset of action (eg, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meclofenamate) may be preferred. However, individual patient response varies, and patients may need to try several agents before finding one that works. Some NSAIDs (eg, indomethacin) should be avoided, because they have a higher incidence of adverse effects.

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