No, it won't help unless you get diarrhea during your period. Use ibuprofen instead of Tylenol plus a heating pad to relieve the cramps. It won't hurt to take the bentyl, and may help if you're cramps end up upsetting you're stomach. If you get a box of Thermacare pads for back pain, you just turn them around and use on your stomach. They have a Velcro fastener, so you can use them under your clothes.I've done that for years and it really helps when you can't use your heating pad.
I think it may work, I have to take dicyclomine during my ovulation (debilitating cramps), for two days. its works. I haven't had to take when I get my period.
I know this is an old question. However, once I read the ridiculous response by Lisa01, I had to chime in. I had endometriosis and had no direction whatsoever. I have two daughters with very, very painful, disruptive periods. They can take Bentyl and it is the ONLY thing that will work once the cramps have started. Sooooo……. not diarrhea, but CRAMPS.
YES. If you have extremely painful cramps that keep you from activities or, like me have you vomiting and moaning all day, then it is a huge relief. I was desperate for something to help. Hot baths, heating pads, hot cocoa and ibuprofen is like putting a bandaid on after your hand has been cutoff. It just can’t keep up.
I have more ER visits and admittance than I can count for uncontrollable vomiting and now this Bentyl is keeping that under control. I’ve found studies that they did for women taking this med off-label for menstrual cramps and their conclusion was Bentyl works even better when used with naproxen for cramps. So, case closed.
yes, you likely won’t get it given to you for that particular reason, however it helps with spasms for smooth muscle like your intestines and therefore does help with menstrual cramping. I cannot take ibuprofen and struggled to find something to allow me to function when I was having bad cramps, after being diagnosed with colitis and IBS I was given bentyl and I quickly realized it also helps with period cramps as well. I pair it with Tylenol when I am having a particularly painful period. I have found some studies of it being used off label for endometriosis and PCOS pain as well.
- Bentyl Information for Consumers
- Bentyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Bentyl (detailed)
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