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Prozac 'could tackle PMS'

Women's health

Research has suggested that taking a daily dose of Prozac could help tackle the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

Conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham, the study clarified that the symptoms of PMS are brought on by a change in the level of secretion of a female sex hormone.

This normally occurs towards the end of the menstrual cycle, but the researchers found that low doses of the commonly prescribed anti-anxiety drug fluoxetine (know as Prozac), can prevent these symptoms from appearing.

However, Dr Marilyn Glenville, president of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, highlighted a number of possible disadvantages with the idea.

"Prozac is not treating the cause of the problem so as soon as the woman stops the drug her symptoms will come back or she has to stay on them until the menopause," she said.

"No one can be sure that the side effects such as changes in appetite, anxiety and sleep problems will not be there at low doses as used in the study." 

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Private women's health treatment news : 26 September 2010