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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

PMDD and Sarafem/Prozac

01/16/2007

Question:

I think I have PMDD and have been researching the medication called Sarafem. Does Sarafem act like the birth control as far as reducing the menstral bleeding and the amount of days a woman is on her cycle?

Answer:

Sarafem is actually fluoxetine, which is also sold under the name, Prozac.  This is an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety medication in the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  It is also effective in treating the emotional aspects of PMDD.  It is not a hormone, so it has little to no effect on menstrual bleeding or length of the menses.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati