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Premenstrual Syndrome

When To Call Your Doctor for Premenstrual Syndrome

Call 911 or call your doctor right away (day or night) if:

  • You have suicidal feelings or the desire to harm yourself or someone else in any way.

Call your doctor during regular office hours if:

You feel you need prescription medicine because your HOME CARE treatment is not helping you. Prescription medication may include drugs to:

  • relieve swelling and help get rid of excess fluid
  • help treat depression and anxiety
  • help you sleep
  • stop you from ovulating.

Surgery to relieve symptoms of  PMS, such as removing both ovaries, is permanent. It should only be considered in the most extreme cases and after all other therapy has failed.

Last reviewed: 01/01/2007
Last revised: 01/01/2007

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