Evid Based Nurs 4:113 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.4.113
  • Treatment

Continuous topical heat was as effective as ibuprofen for dysmenorrhoea

Heat plus ibuprofen and heat alone v no heat plus placebo (control) for complete pain relief over 2 study days†

Comparison Event rates RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
†Abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Heat + ibuprofen v control 68% v 35% 94% (4 to 289) 3 (2 to 28)
Heat alone v control 70% v 35% 100% (9 to 298) 3 (2 to 18)

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