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What painkillers can you use?

For some women, pain like uterine cramps may be very important, for others not.  It is difficult to know how strong they could be for you. As a precaution, we suggest that you take painkillers approximatively 1 hour before the Misoprostol, eating a little bit. We can suggest different choices, with easy-to-find medicines:

  1. Ibuprofen (Motrin) 800mg, up to 3 times in 24 hours (total of 2400mg per 24 hours), take with a little food
  2. OR: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 1000mg, up to 3 times in 24 hours (total of 3000mg per 24 hours)
  3. OR: Both medications together (they work differently, and you can take the maximum dose of both in the same day)

Do NOT use any muscle relaxers or anti-spasmodics. As the misoprostol makes your uterus contract, muscle relaxers and anti-spasmodics will interfere with the abortion process.