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Antidepressants vs PMS

Hi, did anyone try SSRI during the PMS week?

I’m having a moderate depression but are not willing to start SSRI “full time” and thought I’d start take it only during PMS, since I my depression/anxiety usually gets worse those days.. I’d be thankful to hear any related experiences from you.

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Hi , I started taking Prozac when they were fairly new to Uk for PMS , they were prescribed by a PMS clinic in Chelsea and Westminster …brilliant hospital… it takes about 5 /6 weeks to benefit from them …so I don’t think they could be used as and when you have PMS . 25 years on and I still take them …

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🙂 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a highly effective treatment for the symptoms of PMS and PMDD. The SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac and Sarafem), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), and paroxetine (Paxil). Studies showed that SSRIs reduced the symptoms of PMDD significantly compared with placebo; between 60 and 75 percent of women with PMDD improve with an SSRI. It may not be necessary to take the medication every day. Taking the SSRI only during the second half of the menstrual cycle may be sufficient. (See "Treatment of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder".)

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