Midol is the brand name of a medication that is marketed by Bayer as a treatment for menstrual pain and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. However, according to the manufacturer’s website, the medicines it contains are non-specific remedies such as analgesics (pain relievers), antihistamines (for the treatment of allergies), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and caffeine. These medicines all are used safely by men.Know More
The main ingredient in original Midol (now called Midol Complete) is acetaminophen (Tylenol,) which is a safe and effective pain reliever and fever reducer for both men and women, according to WebMD. However, it is not recommended for people who drink alcohol excessively or have liver disease. Midol Complete also contains caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea and many soft drinks, and the antihistamine, pyrilamine maleate, which Bayer claims reduces the bloating, anxiety and irritability associated with PMS. However, its main use is the treatment of symptoms associated with colds and allergies, according to Web MD.
Midol Extended Relief and Midol Liquid Gels contain the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) naproxen and ibuprofen. According to MedicineNet, NSAIDS are useful in the treatment of many different conditions that affect men, including headaches, backaches, arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, as well as female menstrual cramps.Learn more about Side Effects
The side effects for Zantac, the brand name for ranitidine hydrochloride, may last up to 8 hours, according Everyday Health. Side effect longevity is dependent on the overall health of the individual, notes Drugs.com. Decreased renal function in geriatric patients reduces how quickly the drug is eliminated, which can prolong side effects.Full Answer >
According to the Midol website, depending on the product, the main ingredients in Midol are either acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. Each of the formulations available as of October 2014 contains additional ingredients, including caffeine, antihistamines, diuretics and sleep aids.Full Answer >
Advil is a brand of ibuprofen, a pain medication that the company's website says is not addictive. Ibuprofen isn't habit forming and doesn't appear to have addictive properties. Unlike narcotic pain medications, it impacts the body without affecting the brain.Full Answer >
Medical professionals advise against consuming alcohol while taking the prescription medication diclofenac, which also goes under the brand name Voltaren, according to Drugs.com. Drinking alcohol while taking diclofenac can cause stomach bleeding and other health complications, and all patients should consult with a medical professional before doing so.Full Answer >