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This post is a discussion of common medication prescribed for PMS and how they do not address the underlining problem of balancing your hormones to prevent PMS.
As discussed in my last post, the four categories of PMS is often caused by an imbalance in our hormones. Common PMS medication include birth control pills, Valium, Prozac, and Naproxen. The problem with these medication is that they only mask the symptoms, getting us through the month, but we will have to rinse and repeat for months afterward. Do you really want to rely on drugs to get you through your period?
Using birth control pills to treat PMS
The problem with birth control pills is that it often depletes the same vitamins and nutrients needed in our bodies that help minimize PMS. For example, women with high estrogen and low progesterone often have low B6 (a vitamin used in the manufacturing of serotonin). And serotonin is important because it is our natural antidepressant.
This is not to say that birth control pills are to be avoided at all cause. But to understand that if you have out of control PMS, your birth control pills might be the culprit.
Using Valium to treat PMS
Valium is an addictive drug and not designed for long term use, but it is a commonly prescribed medication for PMS. Valium is used to correct anxiety and relief pain. The problem with Valium is the severe side effects of drowsiness, nausea, confusion, irritability, blurred vision, hallucinations, panic, and insomnia.
If you are looking for long term treatment of PMS, Valium is not the answer.
Using Prozac to treat PMS
Prozac is a drug used for the treatment of depression. But the root cause of PMS is often high estrogen and low progesterone. This hormone imbalance leads to low serotonin. Using Prozac will mask the depression we might be feeling from PMS.
However, the most frightening side effects of Prozac is the destructive outbursts and suicidal reactions that a lot of women experience while on this drug. Supposedly I am taking Prozac to get relief from my PMS, but I might end up feeling so bad about myself that I throw myself off a bridge (exaggerating here, but you get the idea).
Using Naproxen to treat PMS
Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS) that acts like aspirin for pain relief. As with most pain medication, we have to worry about stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney dysnfuction, and liver damage. NSAIDs erode the cartilage around joints and prevent joint repair, which can lead to joint damage like arthritis. Naproxen will only provide temporary relief from PMS.
If not these common PMS medication, what else is there?
I will talk about the dietary changes and the natural herbs and supplements that will help you manage your PMS during my next post. In the meantime, if you are already taking PMS medication, do not go cold turkey. You need to slowly wean your body off these drugs with the care of a qualified natural practitioner.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by.
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