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User Reviews for Naproxen to treat Period Pain

Also known as: Aleve, Naprosyn, Naproxen Sodium DS, Anaprox, Anaprox-DS, EC-Naprosyn, Naprelan, Flanax Pain Reliever, Comfort Pac with Naproxen, Midol Extended Relief, Pamprin All Day Relief, Aflaxen, All Day Pain Relief All Day Relief …show all brand names

Naproxen has an average rating of 8.3 out of 10 from a total of 109 ratings for the treatment of Period Pain. 79% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 11% reported a negative effect.

Naproxen Rating Summary

8.3/10 average rating

109 ratings from 109 user reviews.

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Reviews for Naproxen

Honeybun · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 8, 2021

Aleve (naproxen): “I’ve always had horrible period pain which would ruin my day and sometimes I couldn’t eat because the pain was too much. Aleve has always been my go to drug ever since I started my period at age 14. Once I pop 2 pills within minutes the pain is gone and I feel so much better! Would recommend it to anyone!”

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SarM · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 22, 2021

Aleve (naproxen): “Wow this is literally a lifesaver WOW. I swear I was in so much pain and I felt like I was just gonna pass out cause the pain WOULD NOT stop and when it kicked in I felt so much better. Thank you so much”

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ab · Taken for less than 1 month March 20, 2021

Naprosyn (naproxen): “-it works. -side effects are quite stron : dizzy , drowsy and dozy”

7 / 10
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Anonymous December 7, 2012

“Since beginning my period at the age of 12, I have experienced tremendous pain. So much so that I'd miss school, work, events, etc. I'd be in bed writing in unbelievable pain for the first day or two...on the toilet bent over in pain and dropping clots...losing weight...having absolutely zero energy - it'd take me about a week to feel somewhat normal again after each period. I've tried everything - you name it, I've tried it. Since my new gynecologist prescribed naproxen, it has been LIFE CHANGING. The first time I took it, the beginnings of pain were gone in 20 minutes! So, for the first time in 22 years, I had NO pain with my period. That's a LONG time to have pain! I can't believe no one gave this to me sooner! It's GREAT!”

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Shaolamander April 26, 2014

“So when I started getting my period at about 13 I had the WORST CRAMPS EVER. Like I'm talking over the toilet, in the shower, missing school, and stuff like that. Typically it was only the first, rarely the second, day Of my cycle I would stay home or come home in bed feeling like my insides were flipping inside out. So after a couple months of this my mom got worried and took me to the doctor who told me I should go get an ultrasound on my uterus to make sure that there wasn't extra blood flow, extra lining, or anything. This is mostly because I didn't have blood clots so she wanted to make sure there wasn't something that needed attention pronto. nothing came up in the ultrasound. So I got prescribed naproxen and it's a LIFE SAVER!!!!”

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PASF August 7, 2016

“Aleve is much more effective for me than Advil. Like everyone else I've been dealing with extremely painful cramps my whole life. I was taking Advil but would always end up throwing up and bent over in excruciating pain, switched to Aleve and at least now I can function during the first three critical days and not stuck in bed throwing up. I still get bad cramps every now and then so it's not perfect but at least Aleve helps me get through it. I usually take two in the morning; two at night. There should be a support group for woman that suffer from severe menstrual cycles. I feel like I'm the only one, but felt better after reading some of the other posts here; I'm not alone in my struggle.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 23, 2013

“I'm 31 years old and I'm in the military, I always had severe and heavy periods with really bad cramps. Before I went in the military and I had my periods, I used to just relax and take maybe 2 Advil and it would pass but now everyday I have to move and workout and endure the pain and its horrible. So when I told my friend about that she told me she was in the same situation and she gave me naproxen and it was a life saver. Now I barely feel any cramps and even my flow isn't heavy anymore! I can finally focus on my job. I am so happy this medicine works.”

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Gossipgirl6 July 25, 2013

“First let me say how bad are the cramps for me, they are the worst, like nothing else. I just cannot function in those days, legs feel like heavy stones that can't be moved, feeling dizzy and I don't want say how bad the stomach cramps are. So I've been taking ibuprofen for last year, it helped 3/10, then I decided to try Midol, which gave me worse day of my life, I took it in an empty stomach and I didn't get rid of ANY pain, it got worse and I threw up like 10 times in that day. So I went to my doctor who gave me naproxen. I got my period 6 hours before and I took it immediately, the pain to away in 20-30 mins and I feel wonderful now, I don't even feel I'm on my period. Also I avoided caffeine in last 10-12 days, and exercised LOTS.”

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CkE August 6, 2014

Anaprox-DS (naproxen): “Since high school I had terrible cramps/fatigue and nausea. I wasn't able to go about my normal activities. Until I switched doctors and she prescribed me the naproxen. I take it a few days before I get my period (when I get "warning" cramps). By the time my period comes I have no nausea and no fatigue, the cramps are still there but nowhere close to how bad I feel without the naproxen. I have to take this with food, because if I don't it messes with my stomach. Easy to take.”

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Meggers December 22, 2014

“I was prescribed 500mg a day for a shoulder injury, I am so used to dealing with terrible period pain and extremely heavy flow that it wasn't the reason I went to see a doctor. Not only does it help with my shoulder pain but my period has completely turned around into an experience I do not dread and worry about. I am so grateful to have been prescribed it. I don't have to put my life on hold to hide at home in pain and all around feeling terrible. When I started getting my period until I graduated high school I would always end up missing a day or two because of how much pain I was in and how heavy my flow was. When I worked I would dread the days with it and a lot of the time miss work because of it.”

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B Marie J January 20, 2015

“My period has been awful since the first time I got it at age 13. I've experienced a variety of symptoms each month that make my period unpredictable. Some months I feel fine and maybe just get a pimple, other months I'm a crying mess, there have been times where the pressure on my lower back and abdomen is so intense that I cant move, nausea, headaches, joint pain in my knees, etc. It got to the point where when I was 15 I started birth control. The birth control made me extremely emotional so I stopped and continued with Advil, Midol, I tried bananas, warm compresses, exercise. Nothing worked. I started using naproxen and within 10-15 min my symptoms are alleviated and I can go about my day.”

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Miracle73 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 8, 2014

“My experienced was my period was non-stop for almost 2 month. I went to my gyn and prescribed me Naproxen for pain. It was so effective that my period went away in a week. Now when my period comes I'll take it right away. Thanks Naproxen.”

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Kk · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 4, 2020

“When I take naproxen for period cramps, it takes around an hour for it to kick in. My doctor recommended I take it every 12 hours (twice a day dose) but the pain comes back in less than 8. I do not think it would be safe to take it 3 times a day, so I suffer in pain for a few extra hours until it is time for my next dose. My cramps hurt the most in the middle of the night because the medicine wears off and I am sometimes woken up out of my sleep because of it.”

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brewoliver August 19, 2012

“After 2 decades of seeking relief from bad menstrual cramps and who knows how many gynos (who either accused me of drug seeking or threw narcotics at me, then branded me noncompliant for refusing narcotics) I found a doctor who gave me naproxen. He explained something about its blood thinning properties and how it thins the blood before it sheds from the uterus, as where blot clots the uterus when the shed. MADE SO MUCH SENSE! Especially after the wonderful results. Flow is extremely heavier for the 1st 2 days, then barely a streak for the next 5 days, but NO pain, not even a pinch! Miracle! Taken 3 days before also completely eliminates sore breasts and bloating. If I didn't bleed I wouldn't even know I was having a period. No joke.”

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bethmed August 12, 2011

Aleve (naproxen): “This medicine saved me. Starting about the age of 15 I began to experience menstrual cramps for the first time. It was the very worst pain I had ever felt at that time. Not content to only hurt in my lower abdomen the pain radiated all the way down the front of my legs to my ankles. I couldn't sit still. All I could do was pace back and forth crying. I couldn't find a single pain reliever that worked; we had the usual in the house, aspirin, ibuprofen, even Midol. Finally my mother became so worried she took me to the doctor. I thought I was going to have to be on some kind of strong prescription medication. What does he do, he returns to the room with about 50 samples of Aleve and it has been my miracle drug ever since.”

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Journey · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 15, 2019

“I have been suffering with period pain and heavy bleeding for 3 years (since the birth of my last baby). I read a study on using Naproxen at the onset of your period for 5 days to help with pain and bleeding, so I decided it was worth a try. I took 500 mg twice a day. The results are nothing less than amazing! No clots, no need to stay at home and near a bathroom, no sleeping with towels under me at night, no pain and stress. I feel like a normal human being!”

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AJ1530 November 18, 2014

“I have extreme nausea a few days before and during my period. I tried so many things but nothing worked. My gyn wrote me a script for 550 mg of naproxen twice daily and I took it 3 days before my period and during my period. It worked!! I feel 100% better than the previous month.”

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Kit · Taken for less than 1 month June 24, 2019

“Naproxen is excellent for period pain. I have a heavy 5 day flow with excruciating cramps. I read a study about higher does of naproxen being taken a few days BEFORE your period starts, as a way to reduce flow. Well it worked for me! Days before I'm scheduled to start my period, I take 880mg of naproxen, once a day for no more than 2 days. It reduced my period significantly. By day 3 there's hardly any bleeding at all. I'm no longer bed bound or writhing in pain and can enjoy my day. I wish I had known about it sooner.”

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TracyNY July 11, 2013

“As I got older and 7 kids later my menstrual pain took a turn for the worst, I have severe cramping and fatigue this medication was never prescribed to me after being rushed to the emergency room numerous times. My husband was given this medication for back pain and I was in so much pain that I decided to try it. This medicine has saved my life. I will go get my own prescription!”

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Pooh bear January 14, 2020

“Amazing amazing amazing! They are like magic pills. I have to take mine 2 or 3 days before my period and they take my pain away. I sometimes don't have to take it on my first day. My cramps were so bad that they used to stop one day of my life completely- they were soo bad I would faint. Now I feel normal again and am not scared of my period!”

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Randi937 July 6, 2015

“I was passing out from the sheer pain that radiated from my lower abdomen to my lower back and so on. I had quite the pain tolerance, yet this pain was like no other. Hot water bottles, home remedies, Motrin, nothing worked. When I spoke to my doctor, she recommended the pill but my mother was against this because of my age. After I turned 13, my doctor decided to prescribe me naproxen, 250 mg, take 2 at onset of cramps and then 1 pill every 6-8 hours as needed. It was magical, I mean within 10-20 minutes of me taking it, the pain went away. How? Naproxen is a NSAID, it reduces inflammation in the uterus. That simple. Highly recommend, but use carefully so as to not damage your liver. Seriously.”

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tinkyrs July 7, 2015

“I have tried everything but only with this painkiller I can function on first day of my period. I still feel little pain but bearable. I can go to job. Until I discover this drug I was every month minimum one day in bed vomiting, screaming and crying. Other pills never helped this much.”

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Vanessaaaa · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 9, 2016

“Doctor prescribed me naproxen sodium since I have endometriosis and it helps my cramps a lot. My cramps before were so bad they made me stay in bed and made me nauseous. This stops/slows the cramps thus eliminating all my other period pains. Definitely recommend this to other women with the same problem.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 16, 2016

“Girls... If you want to be able to function and actually get out of bed this is the solution for you. I have unbearable cramps to where I'm stuck in bed and cry all day from the pain. I've tried everything over the counter and nothing has worked. I was prescribed the 550 mg and my life has changed. Even though there are times where I still have pain it's not as bad as it was. I don't experience any real side effects except sometimes I get a little tired, but it's not horrible.”

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Dee79 · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 1, 2017

“I have always had severe period cramps, fainting, nausea, and stabbing pains. Naproxen 500 has been the only (non birth control remedy) that greatly relieves my pain. It's tricky because you have to get the timing just right, not too soon before period cramps start or too late after they already started. You must start it the moment you feel cramps. Starting before your period isn't as effective because that's not how this medication works best.”

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Anonymous July 16, 2012

“WARNING to the user of Naproxen who posted on here, that after taking naproxen, they experienced hives and weakness. This means you are allergic to it and should consult your doctor immediately. Taking Benadryl may alleviate the symptoms but the symptoms may worsen over time. It may not be the medicine for you. Please consult your doctor. ”

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from Trinidad to New York April 18, 2008

“I have been using Naproxen 500mg for at least 8 years. I find this product very helpful for period pain, although if you take it to late, it sometimes takes up to an hour to relieve the pain, but when it goes it takes a long time to come back. I haven't had any side effects or none that I've noticed. ”

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Chris1119 · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 24, 2016

“I've suffered from horrible period cramps my entire life. When I was younger, I would need to be picked up from school and was bed ridden all day. Advil has never helped reduce these cramps, in fact, it made my bleeding heavier. I started taking naproxen after my obgyn recommended it and it really does help to reduce the severity of the cramps. I still get mild cramps the first two days, but I am able to function and perform my daily activities. It works more efficiently if you take it twice a day for a few days leading to your period.”

8 / 10
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