Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle generally help with PMS. Speaking with your doctor may help remove fears surrounding this diagnosis. A combination of one or more of the following treatments may help relieve symptoms:
Medications: Taking oral contraceptives may help stabilize the changes in hormone levels and stop ovulation. Bloating and water retention can be improved by cutting down on salt and by using a mild diuretic that will make you urinate. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen* or ibuprofen can help relieve headaches, joint pain, and menstrual cramping. The antidepressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used to manage psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression. These antidepressants have been proven to help manage PMS. However, you need to discuss this with your doctor first before starting any medication or herbal remedy to make sure it's appropriate and safe for you.
Changes in diet: Cutting back on sugar, coffee, and alcohol may provide some relief from symptoms. Taking supplements containing calcium, magnesium, soy, vitamin B6, and vitamin E may reduce certain symptoms. To date, among these supplements, calcium has the most convincing evidence. Some women use certain herbal products such as evening primrose oil, St. John's wort, and chasteberry to decrease their symptoms; however, the effectiveness of such products is not known. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking a vitamin, supplement, or herbal product.
Exercise: Regular exercise and stress reduction techniques may decrease nervousness and agitation as well as reduce symptoms associated with PMS.
Counselling: Speaking to a counsellor may help some women cope better with the psychological effects of PMS.
Keeping a symptom diary can give you and your doctor a better picture of your symptoms and help you evaluate the effects of different treatments.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
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