I never had PMS symptoms, until about 3-4 years ago (my mid-thirties)...then suddenly I was just absolutely raging
during the two weeks pre-AF. I was half crazed without knowing why and just mean, mean, mean.
I finally talked to my OB about it. She diagnosed me with Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and gave me samples of Sarafem, which is basically a low-dose SSRI. I was hesitant, b/c I've taken Paxil in the past and really didn't want to have to be med-dependent again. But I knew that I had to do SOMETHING, b/c my family has suffered because of my monthly rages.
Basically, I only take the stuff for the two weeks before my period. I started it 4/26...I had a couple of days of intense dizziness
but I have noticed that I'm MUCH mellower than I usually am at this time of the month...not such a beyatch and not in a constant state of being pissed off at the world.
My concern is the on again, off again nature of the dosing; Sarafem being an SSRI. Will my body become accustomed to it, or will I have to deal with the side effects (so far, just dizziness) every month when I start it?
Anyone have any experience with this? Have you tried alternative therapies? I'd love to know that I'm not the only one....