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 Post subject: Sertraline/Zoloft for PMS
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:05 am 

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My doctor wants me to take 50mg of Sertraline (Zoloft) daily for my severe PMS. I'd rather start on 25mg, and then go up if necessary. Does anyone have any experience of taking antidepressants for PMS, and any success stories? Also, does anyone take them intermittently, just during PMS time? Thanks!

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I'm 34 and have had severe PMS for 5 years. Trying to manage it with medication (currently 4mg Prozac) and lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, stress management).


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 Post subject: Re: Sertraline/Zoloft for PMS
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:02 pm 

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Hi there,

I was prescribed Fluexotine (prozac) in December for my PMS - my hormonal treatment had suddnely stopped working - I take 20mg a day which is the lowest dose and I think its really helped me - I am thinking about trying to reduce that to just take them for two weeks of my pms. I also carried on with my hormonal treatment - so I see the two of them as backing each other up!

As a side-note I really didn't like the idea of taking anti-depressants for anything, it made me feel like I couldn't beat this on my own - but actually now i think you wouldn't not take painkillers for a headache or get a cast for a broken leg.

Hope this helps x


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 Post subject: Re: Sertraline/Zoloft for PMS
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:41 am 

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I have taken anti-d's for many years and it really helps with pms. I wouldn't have coped without them. I was on seroxat for a number of years but then they started to upset my stomach so I was switched to sertraline and have no problems at all with these. I would recommend trying anti d's to anyone with pmdd. x


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 Post subject: Re: Sertraline/Zoloft for PMS
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:59 am 

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Thanks very much for your responses. After having been reluctant to take pills initially I now realise that, like you say, I can't fix this on my own, anymore than I could fix a broken leg. I also tried supplements, exercise, diet, and while those things might help with mild PMS, I think they're a drop in the ocean for severe PMS. It can also lead to a cycle of self-blame - you think 'If only I'd eaten more vegetables/done more exercise/got more sleep, maybe I wouldn't have PMS!' - but I know I'm a healthy person so I don't blame myself anymore.

The only problem with pills is side effects. I came off Sertraline because it was causing some hairloss, so I'm now on a very tiny dose of Prozac/Fluoxetine (2mg a day) - I read an article on the Guardian that said this dosage worked for PMS. I agree that anyone who is suffering with PMS to the point where it is interferring with their normal life (days of work, arguments with loved ones, cancelled socialising) should not be afraid to try antidepressants.

I'll report back when I know if this tiny dose works without causing any side effects - fingers crossed!

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 Post subject: Re: Sertraline/Zoloft for PMS
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:10 am 

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I have recently been diagnosed with severe PMS (it's taken 3 years!) I take 20mg of citalopram daily as many of my symptoms were anxiety related. I find that this dose is perfect for me and I am almost symptom free. It was suggested that I take 10mg for the first part of my cycle and then increase to 20mg for the later part but my cycle is so irregular (anything from 29 days to 36 days) that it was impossible to do this. I think you have to trial each medicine and see what works best for you. We're all very different and fortunately we have several options to choose from.


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