• LaTunya Lockett LaTunya Lockett
    September 12, 2008
    can you take Hydrocodine/APAP 5ng/500mg tabs for menstrual cramps?
    LaTunya Lockett LaTunya Lockett
    September 12, 2008

    I usually take Aleve for menstrual cramps, I am out and too sick to go to the drugstore to get some.  I have some Hydrocododone/APAP 5mg/500mg tabs.  Can I take one of those to give me some relief until I can get to the drugstore?

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  • Casey McNulty
    Health Guide
    September 25, 2008
    Casey McNulty
    Health Guide
    September 12, 2008

    Hi LaTunya,

     

    Thank you for your question! Hydrocodone/APAP 5mg/500mg is better known by its brand name, Vicodin. As mentioned above, this medication is significantly stronger than Aleve, and should not be used without a physician's orders. I would recommend speaking with your doctor about your level of pain associated with menstrual cramps. If you are in a severe amount of pain each month, you may want to look into taking birth control pills or using the patch, which will regulate your cycle and may dramatically reduce your cramping. I hope this helps!

     

    Best of luck,

    Casey

  • Vicki M
    Health Guide
    September 15, 2008
    Vicki M
    Health Guide
    September 12, 2008

    Hello LaTunya Lockett,

     

    Hydrocodone is the active ingredient in the painkiller Vicodin. (the other ingredient being acetaminophen) It is not generally prescribed for menstral cramps and is seriously more potent than Aleve. It's probably best to ask your doctor whether it is smart to take this in lieu of the Aleve.

     

    Feel better and stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!

    Vicki M


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