Menstrual pain: Naproxen, Enantyum or Ibuprofen?

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Naproxen, Enantyum or ibuprofen? This is a frequently asked question among women seeking a remedy to relieve mild to moderate menstrual pain . If you also have this doubt, do not miss this post. We tell you which is the best anti-inflammatory to fight period pain and which one is more indicated in each case depending on the intensity of the pain, the duration and the way in which it appears.

What is dysmenorrhea?

Primary dysmenorrhea is a menstrual disorder linked to an increased presence of prostaglandins, which are chemicals involved in pain and inflammation that come into play when you have your period and the uterus contracts.

Secondary dysmenorrhea is related to undetected medical problems such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids or infections, among others.

Ibuprofen, the best treatment for mild menstrual pain

Ibuprofen is the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to treat menstrual pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea.

When ibuprofen is associated with arginine, two advantages are obtained:

  • On the one hand, it increases the speed of intestinal absorption of ibuprofen, so it acts faster.
  • It is more effective in relieving headaches.

If you are wondering whether ibuprofen or paracetamol is better for menstrual pain, the answer is clear: Paracetamol is not effective in treating the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea. So if you feel moderate or mild period pain, opt for ibuprofen. In addition, this is the menstrual pain medication that is best tolerated at the stomach level.

Enantyum the drug that offers the most speed

If your menstrual pain is sudden and severe, Enantyum is the fastest acting treatment. In addition, when buying this medicine, or any other remedy for menstrual pain, remember that oral solutions and granules act before tablets.

Does Naproxen help with period pain?

Naproxen is another of the best medications for menstrual cramps. It has an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps to reduce inflammation, while it has an analgesic effect to combat pain and cramps.

As for the rapidity of the anti-inflammatory, in descending order, it is as follows: Enantyum, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. However, if you are interested in prolonging its effect, then the order will be just the opposite, first the Naproxen, then the Ibuprofen and finally the Enantyum.

What anti-inflammatory drug should I take if I am a minor?

In case you are a minor and need a medication to relieve menstrual pain, we recommend ibuprofen. Naproxen can be taken from the age of 16 and Enantyum is recommended from the age of 18.


Naproxen, Enantyum and Ibuprofen are the three steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs most indicated to treat mild to moderate pain. And although in many cases they tend to be confused, as you can see each of them has a specific use, so you have to take into account the magnitude of the pain and its duration.

To increase the efficacy of these drugs, specialists recommend starting treatment 24-48 hours before menstruation. In addition, applying heat to the belly or lower back, reducing stress and regular exercise can also help relieve menstrual pain.

We hope that after reading this article you will have fewer doubts when choosing a treatment for menstrual cramps. In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask at your trusted pharmacy. From Concepción Mesa Pharmacy in Granada we will be happy to help you.

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