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Celexa medication is a Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitor that is quite often applied against PMS symptoms. In the article below you will find out how Celexa eases PMS symptoms and what side effects it can cause.

There maybe more than one factor causing PMS. Let consider, the medications like Celexa are commonly prescribed due to the fact that women experiencing premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) have lower serotonin level. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for instance for mood regulation, sleep cycles and appetite. Those people experiencing depression for example also have low serotonin level. And the Celexa as well as any other SSRI medication assist the body to use serotonin more effectively.

According to the laboratory test Estrogen is supposed to provide the similar effect on serotonin thus slowing down the process of its breakdown. Therefore decreased estrogen level within PMS is a cause for decreased serotonin level. Nowadays there is no hormone therapy for PMS that is accepted by FDA and that is why all the attempts to treat PMS were abandoned except of those that imply increase of the serotonin release and decrease of its breakdown.

Professor Richard Wurtman has revealed that the use of carbohydrates increases serotonin level. This discovery took place in the 1970-s. Some years later when SSRI antidepressants were already known to the people another scientist Judith Wurtman found that women within PMS are craving for carbohydrates, eat more than usual and consequently gain additional weight. Due to Judith Wurtman the often and big meals decrease the feeling of depression and anger with the help of growing serotonin level. This theory was tested within a group of women experienced emotional signs caused by PMS. They were provided with SSRI or with the special mixture of dietary carbs. Both of these subgroups reported improvement as a result.

In 1997 Prozac (also SSRI drug) was approved by the FDA as an effective medication intended to treat PMDD. Many other SSRI medicines were later also approved by the FDA to treat PMDD. However Celexa despite its being a SSRI medication was never applied for FDA approve as an anti PMDD drug. It is simply prescribed sometimes by the doctors to treat PMDD due to the reason that it is an antidepressant SSRI medication that helps to ease various emotional symptoms related to PMS as well. It is quite ineffective against physical PMS symptoms like those below: bloating, breast tenderness, headaches and etc. Moreover Celexa is quite possible to interact with other anti PMS medications.

Premenstrual migraines are usual for those women who suffer migraines. It is known that the most of the people that suffer from migraines are women. Moreover most of these women know that the changes in hormonal levels that take place before the menstruation is the cause of migraine attacks. Sometimes healthcare providers direct triptans use in order to treat such conditions. But the women taking triptans for migraines treatment and Celexa for PMS experience an increased risk of developing such medical condition as serotonin syndrome. Moreover various dietary supplements that increase the serotonin release in the body may lead to the same effect when are used by the patient taking Celexa.

The possibility of PMS treatment with Celexa is not estimated properly. But the side effects of this drug were revealed within the clinical tests of Celexa as an antidepressant medication healthlinerx. So the use of the drug may decrease concentration, cause amnesia, apathy, depression, increased appetite, suicide attempts and confusion. Sometimes the medication may stop menstruations in women, cause drowsiness and troubles to fall a sleep as well as sexual problems.

PMS symptoms may also be eased with non-drug means like changes in lifestyle, diets, avoiding stress situations and etc. However in case you are already using Celexa contact your healthcare provider to find out how you can stop the therapy and turn to another treatment. Finally, despite the fact that Celexa is not an addictive medication the patients may get withdrawal effects in case of sudden breaks of the treatment period.