Midol is the brand name of a medication that is marketed by Bayer as a treatment for menstrual pain and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. However, according to the manufacturer’s website, the medicines it contains are non-specific remedies such as analgesics (pain relievers), antihistamines (for the treatment of allergies), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and caffeine. These medicines all are used safely by men.
The main ingredient in original Midol (now called Midol Complete) is acetaminophen (Tylenol,) which is a safe and effective pain reliever and fever reducer for both men and women, according to WebMD. However, it is not recommended for people who drink alcohol excessively or have liver disease. Midol Complete also contains caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea and many soft drinks, and the antihistamine, pyrilamine maleate, which Bayer claims reduces the bloating, anxiety and irritability associated with PMS. However, its main use is the treatment of symptoms associated with colds and allergies, according to Web MD.
Midol Extended Relief and Midol Liquid Gels contain the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) naproxen and ibuprofen. According to MedicineNet, NSAIDS are useful in the treatment of many different conditions that affect men, including headaches, backaches, arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, as well as female menstrual cramps.