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PMS Medications List Risky Side Effects: Try Natural Instead!

Choices, choices, choices. You have PMS. It’s severe, sometimes debilitating. It comes on right after you ovulate and continues until the first day of your period. You want relief and you want it now. Over-the-counter remedies help somewhat with the cramps and headaches, but you’re tired of feeling that you want lash out every time someone  looks at you “funny.”

Your doctor believes that medication might be advisable, prescription PMS medication that can help reduce both physical and emotional PMS symptoms. What do you have to lose? You’re miserable now and no one else wants to be around you when you’re PMSing anyway.

Do you have any options? Are all types of PMS medications safe? What about potential side effects? If you stop taking them, will the PMS symptoms return? Interesting questions – let’s look at some answers… and then we’ll look at a safe, natural and drug-free alternative that’s getting a lot of attention!

PMS Medications: Over-The-Counter PMS Symptom Relievers

You’re crampy and you have a headache. You feel tired, grouchy and moody. You reach for a bottle of ibuprofen and take 2, maybe even 3 or 4, capsules to try to take the “edge off” the pain. At least that’s something, anyway. Maybe you even lie down for a half hour, waiting for the medication to “kick in.”

No problem with this, right? After all – it’s over-the-counter medication so it has to be safe, right? Wrong. And, therein lies the problem – just because you can get it without a prescription doesn’t mean that it’s safe!

In recent years, Non-Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen and analgesics) have come under a lot of scrutiny due to some rather serious potential side effects. Many people mix different kinds of NSAIDs or routinely take more than what is indicated on the bottle, making matters worse.

Some of the side effects of NSAIDs, usually taken for pain and inflammation, include:

  • Gastrointestinal problems, including ulcers, stomach perforation and stomach bleeding
  • Development of lymphoma
  • Higher risk for congestive heart failure
  • Reduced flow of blood to the kidneys and/or impaired kidney function
  • Allergic reactions (rashes)
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue/drowsiness
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea/constipation
  • Fluid retention
  • Hypertension, heart attacks, heart failure
  • Heartburn
  • Ulceration of the small intestine
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Ringing in the ears

Interestingly enough, some of the side effects are the same as the PMS symptoms that you’re trying to relieve by taking the NSAID PMS medication (headache, abdominal pain) or that you already have as part of your PMS symptoms (fluid retention).

Drug interactions with other prescription/non-prescription medications also can be dangerous, as can taking too much of an NSAID or mixing NSAIDs. And, NSAIDs are not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers.

As if these side effects aren’t bad enough, let’s look at prescription medications that are routinely administered to treat the symptoms of PMS.

PMS and Prescription Medications: Playing Russian Roulette?

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Over-the-counter medications are nowhere near as safe as you expected them to be, right? If that’s the case, wait until we look at some of the various classes of prescription drugs that are typically recommended for women with severe PMS symptoms. Given the choice between PMS symptoms and the drugs to treat them, you might prefer the symptoms!  (For additional information, please see Side Bar in the article, “PMS Symptoms, Causes, Medications, and an All-Natural Cure”).

Diuretics for Water Retention

Diuretics help to eliminate excess water from the body to reduce the bloating and weight gain symptoms of PMS. The most common side effect is a change in potassium levels in the body, which can cause constipation, irregular heartbeat, muscle aches and dry mouth. Other potential side effects include severe allergic reaction, male physical characteristics (excessive hairiness, deeper voice), fatigue, kidney/liver dysfunction, stomach problems (ulcers, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, and inflammation), mental confusion and coordination problems.

Anti-Depressants for Depression, Mood Swings and Irritability

The antidepressants typically prescribed as PMS medications are the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which raise brain serotonin levels. Potential side effects of this PMS drug classification include changes in appetite, weight loss/gain, loss of libido or difficulties with arousal or orgasm, insomnia, dry mouth, nausea, headache, and fatigue. These medications routinely provide a warning that their use may lead to increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior.

Anti-Anxiety Medications

Most anti-anxiety medications (also known as anxiolytics) are classified as Benzodiazepines (Xanax) which are highly addictive in a relatively short period of time. The more common side effects include drowsiness, increase in appetite, respiratory problems, amnesia/forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, unusual risk-taking behavior, irritability, hyperactivity, hallucinations and suicidal thinking. Alcohol intensifies their effect and the mixture of the two is potentially dangerous.

Hormone Therapy – Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are prescribed to reduce the effects of PMS symptoms by interrupting the normal hormonal cycle that initiates them. They accomplish this through a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Although some women claim birth control pills help their PMS symptoms, others experience worse symptoms when taking them. Some women actually don’t even get their periods while taking them.

Side effects of birth control pills include headaches, nausea, breast tenderness or breast tissue changes or discharge, breakthrough bleeding, weight gain, upper respiratory infection, emotional outbursts, lightheadedness, migraines or headaches, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks (risk increases in cigarette smokers).

Is it Really Worth It…

… when the “cure” might very well be worse than the condition? … when your menstrual cycles are altered so much that you only have a period every three months or once a year? … when you put “toxins” into your body to suppress symptoms rather than address their causes? Is it really worth it?

Wouldn’t you rather seek out an all-natural PMS cure that looks to eliminate the cause of your PMS rather than just treat its effects? The sponsors of can offer just such a solution, and they’re waiting for your call.

Choose Natural, Without Worrisome Dangerous Side Effects

The sponsors of are chiropractors who have helped many women just like you obtain relief from the cause of their PMS, instead of just treating their PMS symptoms. Treating the cause usually delivers true relief from your PMS symptoms; in other words, they are gone, or at least lessened to the extent that you can comfortably live with them.

And although our sponsors can’t make you any promises, they can talk to you about patients they have helped, they can show you testimonials from those patients and they can have you listen to the patients themselves describe their pre-chiropractic PMS selves and their post-chiropractic PMS selves and let you decide for yourself.

How Does Chiropractic Help With the Symptoms of PMS?

Chiropractors receive specific education and training to help them locate spinal misalignments. “What does that have to do with my PMS?” Well, spinal misalignments can interfere with the way in which your nervous system works, getting in the way of normal communication that takes place between your brain and your body.

You see, when spinal misalignments occur, they tend to compress nerves that exit from that particular area of the spine, affecting the organs and systems that those nerves control. When those nerves can’t function properly, there are usually consequences for the part of the body under the control of those nerves.

After your chiropractor corrects the misalignment, by adjusting that area of the spine, the consequence of the misalignment (i.e., your PMS symptoms) is either diminished or eliminated. Wow, right?

“How does my spine become misaligned in the first place?” Good question! Maybe it happened when you were being born, from the pressure that was placed on your back and neck as you came through the birth canal. Maybe you fell off a bed as a baby. Maybe you fell out of a tree when you were 5. Maybe you were in a gymnastics fall when you were 14 or a car accident when you were 17.

Any one of these scenarios might have resulted in head trauma that caused a spinal misalignment, and the longer you’ve had it, the worse your symptoms probably are.

Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the impact of chiropractic care on PMS symptoms. And… many women feel far less bloated and experience fewer headaches, cramps and food cravings after being adjusted by one of our sponsors!

Want to learn more? Then pick up the phone and call one of our sponsors. Tell him or her about your experiences with PMS symptoms and make an appointment for a consultation and examination. Then, stand by to experience the miracle that many other women have experienced.


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