Dysmenorrhoea (period pain) is a common, chronic, recurring condition, which affects a significant proportion of women of reproductive age. Many of these women rely on OTC analgesics to manage this pain.
Dysmenorrhoea responds well to treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because these products inhibit the production of prostaglandins which play a part in the smooth muscle contractility of the womb.
Currently, ibuprofen is the only available non-prescription NSAID.
The MHRA believes that naproxen would be a good alternative to ibuprofen and pharmacists have demonstrated their ability to recommend OTC treatments for dysmenorrhoea.
The consultation documents may be found on the MHRA website