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How can I minimize the side effects of ParaGard?

If you find that painful menstrual cramps are a side effect of using ParaGard (T 380A Intrauterine Copper Contraceptive), taking pain medication may minimize the problem. The most effective nonprescription treatments are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). These drugs contain chemicals that work against the uterine contractions that cause the pain. If you can't take these drugs or they aren't working, talk to your doctor about prescription options.

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