Personal stories about deciding to take an SSRI for PMS or PMDD
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Sarah, age 34: When my PMS symptoms started to
interfere with my job performance, I knew I had to treat them.. The first SSRI
I tried just didn't seem to help. But then my doctor prescribed a different
one, and it started to work after about a week. What a relief!
Jonetta, age 29: I've had PMS since I was a
teenager, so I've had many years to figure out what works for me. A few of my
friends use an SSRI for their PMS problems, and it seems to work for them. For
me, I've found that eating right and daily exercise keep me from getting keyed
up and angry. I make sure I keep up with that, especially before my period,
because if I don't, I'm a different person.
Jane, age 38: I didn't have PMS until my late
30s and was really thrown for a loop when I started feeling energyless and
having mood swings before my periods. It got to the point where my husband and
kids didn't want to be around me for a week out of every month. Since I started
taking an SSRI for the latter half of my menstrual cycle, I'm back to my usual
self every month.
Diane, age 43: I thought I'd be able to try an
SSRI for my PMS problems, but after talking to my doctor, I learned that it
could make my epilepsy worse. So I've put more of my energy into improving my
diet and getting plenty of exercise. It really does help.
Sandy Jocoy, RN
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 19, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 19, 2008
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