How is PMDD treated?
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms are and will discuss different treatments with you. For mild to moderate symptoms, your doctor may suggest changes in your diet and lifestyle. You might talk to a counselor about your PMDD symptoms and life stresses. Medicines may help with severe symptoms.
What medicines are helpful?
Certain medicines used to treat depression also treat PMDD. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) help by increasing the effect of a brain chemical called serotonin.
Does that mean I have depression?
No. These medicines work for both conditions.
How often do I have to take these medicines?
Some of these medicines you take for 10 to 14 days before each period.
What if these medicines do not work?
Your doctor knows about other treatments. After talking with you, your doctor might have you try something else.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder by Subhash C. Bhatia, M.D., and Shashi K. Bhatia, M.D. (American Family Physician October 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021001/1239.html)
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