PMS vs PMDD ??????????????

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by FutureMD, Nov 5, 2000.

  1. FutureMD

    FutureMD Junior Member
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    Nov 10, 1999
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    Just saw an advertiseement for PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Is this a new name for PMS??? Sounds like two very similar problems?

    Possibly, a new illness for new drugs?

  2. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member
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    May 4, 2000
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    I doubt you saw an ad for PMDD -- companies aren't much into marketing *diseases*. [​IMG] You likely saw an ad for Sarafem, an FDA-approved SSRI for the treatment of PMDD. Most folks will say it's a new fancy term for PMS, though its definition is a bit more strict and based on recurrent depressive symptoms (dysphoria) as well as physical ones. If your PMS is bad enough to warrant you taking a drug every day for months, and it works, I'm all for it. If it doesn't work, we'll see it disappear in the next few years.

    (This makes me laugh: it's the wellbutrin/zyban approach all over again! Sarafem is fluoxetine, otherwise known in the real world as Prozac. See )

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