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What can I take for pmt

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joesy Tue 01-Mar-05 10:07:06

I have postnatal depression and on anti-depressants butI find coming up to the time of the month my mood really drops. I feel even more tense, snappy, angry, weepy etc. Last night when tiding my sons room I opened his wardrobe doors to have his toys fall out. I lifted his box of knex and threw it around the room. I ended up having to help him tidy it up. The night before that he head butted me for not doing his zip up quick enough. I automatically hit him on the side of the head. Not hard but I know I should not have done that. Ds is 6 and feel I am loosing it.

Chandra Tue 01-Mar-05 10:16:58

I was about to suggest lots of chocolate , I rmemeber that long time ago my gyn. prescribed some medicines specifically for that (as I thought I could get myself a divorce during "those" days, funnily enough the gyn told me his wife also used them as he feared for his life ). Anyways, it was the day pre-postnatal depression, I don't know if they can be taken on top of the ADs but worth a visit to the GP to see if you can get them.

joesy Tue 01-Mar-05 10:22:10

I feel I need something

albert Tue 01-Mar-05 10:26:36

One of the B vitamins is very good for pmt, I don't remember which one, is it B12? I used it a lot when I was younger and it really helped me. Ask in a health food shop, they should know.

BubblesDeVere Tue 01-Mar-05 10:29:31

joesy, I'm sorry I dont have any advice, but I just wanted to let you know that you are NOT alone, I suffer the same as you as well as being in agony have to put up with being weepy, snapping at EVERYONE and constantly shouting at the kids.

I'll be interested in seeing if anyone has any advice, it would have to be something that can be taken with Ad's though as I am also taking them and I'm on a strong dosage.

joesy Tue 01-Mar-05 10:38:23

The Gp had been reducing my ADs due to dizziness I was getting. I have come down from 300mg to 75mg in the past 6 months. I take evening primrose oil and also a multi vit. Due to see C.P.N next week. Dh says that he can not take this every month.

melsy Tue 01-Mar-05 16:11:40

I took magnesium citrate with B12 complex , 3 times daily. I think it amounted to about 400mg of magnesium and 60 or so of b12 which is the most beneficial dose, cant thnlk fo the term. I noticed a calmer time b4 my cycle after about 2 cycles worth of tablets. You juist have to remember to take them and get into a routine, (whcih I didnt!!)

It was also recommended by the doctor,so it was good I was taking them already. I have been assigned to a gynae, but theyve only said that they give ADs for PMS/PMT.

BubblesDeVere Tue 01-Mar-05 16:12:26

joesy, i don't really know what to suggest, I am on 100mg a day and will be on that for the forseeable future, doctors don't think I will be ready to come off it for a while yet, especially as my mood swings are so bad a totm. I would go to the doctor and INSIST on being referred so that you can get it sorted, I know it is bad for your hubby, but, surely, he must understand it is worse for you, fortuanately, my hubby is quite good (sometimes), depending on how ratty I am, he will sometimes run me a bath or send me to bed with a dvd, or make me a mug of hot chocolate, he won't make me a cup of tea as he once put 1 sweetener in instead of two and I threw a right paddy with him

MummytoSteven Tue 01-Mar-05 16:12:52

are you on any hormonal contraception? that could be making your PMT worse? that happened to me with the minipill

vala Tue 01-Mar-05 16:49:43

Not sure if this will help - suggest you run it past your GP.
My GP advised me to take 2 x 200mg Ibuprofen tabs each day 1 week before AF due.
This was to control the AF more than anything else. (Apparently it has an affect on one of the hormones). Anyway, not only did I find it reduced the tremendous amount of AF each month; it also calmed down my PND to almost zero.

vala Tue 01-Mar-05 16:50:20

ooops, PND should have read PMS - sorry.

joesy Tue 01-Mar-05 18:11:58

Mummytosteven I am not on any type of contraception. I wonder if the c.p.n will come up with anything next week. She will probably suggest G.P.
Had a friend round this afternoon she thinks this is quite natural behaviour, and most mums are suffering to a degree.

kizzie Wed 02-Mar-05 10:29:28

Joesy - which AD are you taking?

joesy Thu 03-Mar-05 07:25:08

elfexor lx down to 75mg

Loobz Sat 05-Mar-05 23:12:44

I take evening primrose and starflower oil capsules. They take a couple of months to get into the system but I feel they take the edge of things. I can still feel myself getting tense and snappy but can control whereas before I couldn't.

Loobz Sat 05-Mar-05 23:13:26

Vitamin B6 is another that's supposed to work but they gave me headaches.

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