Your health care provider may recommend that you take vitamins or supplements.
- Vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium may be recommended.
- Tryptophan supplements may also be helpful. Eating foods that contain tryptophan may also help. Some of these are dairy products, soy beans, seeds, tuna, and shellfish.
Pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and others), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines may help symptoms of headache, backache, menstrual cramping, and breast tenderness.
- Tell your health care provider if you are taking these medicines most days.
- Your health care provider may prescribe stronger pain medicines for severe cramping.
Your health care provider may prescribe birth control pills, water pills (diuretics), or other medicines to treat symptoms.
- Follow the directions for taking them.
- Ask about possible side effects and tell your provider if you have any of them.