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Midol Description

Updated July 19, 2017

Midol is an over-the-counter medication sold for relief of menstrual symptoms. These include cramps, fatigue, backache, headache and bloating.

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Midol is made by Bayer HealthCare LLC. It is sold in five varieties: Complete, Extended Relief, Teen Formula, Liquid Gels and PM.


Midol Complete contains acetaminophen for pain; caffeine for fatigue; and pyrilamine, a diuretic, to help with bloating. Extended Relief has naproxen sodium, a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, and Midol Teen contains acetaminophen for pain and pamabrom, a diuretic to help with bloating. Midol Liquid Gels contain ibuprofen for a pain reducer and anti-inflammatory, and PM contains acetaminophen for pain and dephenhydramine citrate, an antihistamine.

Side Effects

Side effects of Midol PM may include increased heartbeat, confusion, hallucinations, dizziness, anxiety, restlessness, decreased urination, easy bruising or bleeding, flu symptoms, dark urine, clay-coloured stools and jaundice.


Women who are pregnant or nursing should talk to their doctor before taking Midol. It is safe to take with birth control. People with medication allergies, liver or kidney disease or glaucoma should also talk to their doctor before taking Midol.


Midol is not kosher or vegetarian.

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About the Author

Susan Presley has worked in health care journalism since 2007, and has been published in the American Journal of Nursing and other academic periodicals. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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