If you experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), your healthcare provider may recommend using Sarafem. The medication is a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that can help to alleviate the symptoms of PMDD (such as breast tenderness and bloating) by allowing more serotonin to remain in the brain for a longer period of time. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Sarafem uses.
What Is Sarafem Used For? -- An OverviewSarafem® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Sarafem for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
PMDD is more than just "PMS." Women with PMDD have severe symptoms for a week or two before their periods each month. These PMDD symptoms can interfere with school, work, and relationships. These symptoms can include:
- Mood changes, especially depression or mood swings
- Anxiety or tension
- Anger or irritability
- Lack of energy
- Appetite changes
- Sleep changes
- Breast tenderness
- Bloating and weight gain.
Although the causes of PMDD are not fully understood, it is thought that serotonin may play an important role in PMDD. Studies have shown that Sarafem is effective at treating PMDD, regardless of whether it is taken every day during your menstrual cycle or taken only during the last two weeks before your period.