Patterns of prescription and self-medication for treating primary dysmenorrhea in a Mexican population.

Abstract

Dysmenorrhea is defined as cramping pain in the lower abdomen occurring just before or during menstruation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the mainstay of treatment, with the addition of oral contraceptive pills when necessary. With the widespread availability of over-the-counter NSAIDs, it is often assumed that women are treating… (More)

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