Over-the-Counter Drugs - Pms medicine
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the name given to a group of physical and emotional symptoms that women may experience prior to the start of menstruation each month. The symptoms usually begin seven to fourteen days before the onset of menstruation and can last until twenty-four hours after menstruation ceases. It is estimated that over 40 percent of women experience some symptoms of PMS.
The symptoms and their intensity can vary. Physical symptoms include headache, cramps, backache, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. The emotional symptoms may include irritability, lethargy or tiredness, and quick mood swings. OTC drugs for PMS, such as Pamprin and Midol, treat the physical symptoms using analgesics to help relieve the pain and diuretics to reduce the bloating.
The leaves and fruit of the senna plant, a member of the pea family, are used in herbal medicine as a potent (strong) laxative. Like other herbal remedies, people who use it should be well informed about its negative effects. Senna, also called Cassia, can cause cramps, nausea, heart palpitations, or severe diarrhea. Long-term use of senna can flush out important minerals. One of the minerals at risk is potassium, which keeps the heart beating normally. Potassium can be found in potatoes, squash, bananas and orange juice, but laxatives prevent the mineral from being absorbed. Low levels of potassium over an extended period may cause heart problems, even death. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid senna, since the drug passes directly through their breast-milk and can give a nursing infant diarrhea.
The best way for women to treat PMS is to avoid stress, exercise regularly, and watch their diets. A diet high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and vitamin B can help lessen the symptoms of PMS. It also helps to avoid salt (which helps the body retain water), coffee, tea, chocolate and cola (which contain caffeine and can contribute to headaches).