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Treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder at home

You may be able to treat some of the physical symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), such as cramps and bloating, with self-care. PMDD treatments include OTC medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes. You may need to see a healthcare provider for some of the cognitive and emotional symptoms like depression or anxiety.

  • OTC anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). These should start to work within 20–30 minutes.
  • There are also medications that combine pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) with other ingredients that treat bloating, such as caffeine, antihistamines, and diuretics. Examples are Midol and Pamprin.
  • Some natural remedies for PMDD include calcium and magnesium supplements, and the chasteberry herb.

Why is self-care an essential component to treating PMDD?

Lifestyle changes can help relieve physical and mood symptoms. Examples include exercise, relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation), placing a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen, and avoiding alcohol and nicotine, and getting enough sleep. Making changes to your diet, such as avoiding salty food, can also help

See a healthcare provider or mental health professional if home treatments aren’t working, or your symptoms are moderate to severe or are disrupting your life.

What types of OTC medications are used to treat PMDD?

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Acetaminophen/pyrilamine (Midol)
  • Acetaminophen/pamabrom/pyrilamine (Pamprin)
  • Calcium supplements (1,200 mg daily) may reduce physical symptoms and mood swings
  • Magnesium supplements may reduce bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings
  • The chasteberry herb may help relieve symptoms like breast swelling and discomfort

How can I get rid of premenstrual dysphoric disorder at home?

  • Regular aerobic exercise can improve your mood. If you can, exercise throughout the month.
  • Relaxation exercises, such as breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga, may lower stress.
  • Getting enough sleep can reduce your fatigue and moodiness.
  • Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, which can make symptoms worse.
  • Placing a heating pad on your abdomen can soothe cramps.
  • Taking ibuprofen 1–2 days before your period starts may help prevent painful cramps.

Go to the ER if you have thoughts or plans of hurting yourself.

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