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1- Department of Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshty University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IRAN
2- Department of Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshty University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IRAN , msimbar@sbmu.ac.ir
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Abstract Background: After pain is one of the complications occurring during postpartum, this requires an appropriate analgesic to relieve the pain. The current study was designed to study and compare the analgesic effects of Menstrogol and Mefenamic acid on postpartum pain. Material and Methods: This study was a randomized single-blinded controlled clinical trial in which pregnant mothers having normal vaginal delivery and suffering from postpartum pain were studied. Volunteer (consented) pregnant women were randomly entered into two study groups of Menstrogol (containing 500 mg of dried extracts of celery, saffron and anise) and Mefenamic acid (250 mg) oral capsules. Using the visual analogue scale (VAS), after pain was determined during the first 2 hours after delivery and patients received drugs if a pain score ≥ 4 was expressed by patients. These women were administered 3-4 doses of drugs per day (every 6-8 hours). Severity and duration of pain were measured and recorded before and 1 hour after dosage administration. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS version 13). Results: Results revealed that Mefenamic acid and Menstrogol both are effective in reducing the severity of postpartum pain (p<0/05). Comparison analyses showed that Menstrogol could not only result in a higher reduction in the pain and its severity in postpartum women but also its effect began faster than Mefenamic acid. In addition, incidence rate of adverse reactions was lower in the Menstrogol group compared to Mefenamic acid group (p<0/05). Conclusion: Our results show that Menstrogol is an effective and safe alternative for Mefenamic acid in women suffering from post partumpain. This is a confirmation for effectiveness of herbal medicines in contrast to chemical drugs.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: General
Received: 2011/10/19 | Accepted: 2012/02/26 | Published: 2013/12/17

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