Prozac could ease misery of premenstrual syndrome

Sunday, September 19, 2010

LONDON - A small dose of Prozac, an anti-depressant, could ease the misery of millions of women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

British researchers have discovered the pill can block bodily changes that trigger “symptoms” of the debilitating condition, which effects 75 percent women.

Most of the women with PMS experience some symptoms that include stomach bloating and irritability to violent mood swings so bad that they need to consult their doctor.

Since Prozac is a tested product, it is ought to be available more speedily than new drugs that have to pass through scores of trials, reports the Telegraph.

“A lot of women have it and a lot of men are on the receiving end of it,” said Thelma Lovick, who led the research at the University of Birmingham.

“Some women really suffer and their families suffer as a result. The solution could be as simple as taking a pill for a few days towards the ends of your menstrual cycle,” added Lovick.

Not all women show all the symptoms, but it has been estimated that 75 percent experience some and that, in 30-40 percent of cases, they are sufficiently severe to impair daily activities.

In the worst cases (three to four percent of women), a psychiatric condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) can develop.

Lovick, who outlined her findings at the British Science Festival, came across the possible treatment as she was investigating the cause of PMS.

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