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Quote from YvonneLovesCats:
Jeri,

I went to my general physician today and he put me on Serafem. What's great about it is that it doesn't need to be taken daily, but it significantly elevates one's mood. Your daughter could take it up to 5 days before her period, and stop the medication when her period begins. It is an SSRI and is specifically geared towards alleviating Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

Good luck,
Yvonne
Hi Yvonne. Still don't know what SSRI stands for, but i learned that Sarafem is classified as an antidepressant and has a mood-elevateing effect on seratonin levels. It used to be known as prozac, but was given a new name because they are finding it can help with PMDD. It's good that you can take it as needed 5 days before period begins. The words "as needed" always sound better that having to take something continuously. Good luck.
[QUOTE=jeri L.]I'm not informed as to what SSRI stands for, or how Serafem is classed as a drug.

Hi - I don't know anything about Serafem specifically, but SSRI stands for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Prozac is a good example.

Here's a pretty good definition that I found. You can always play with Google for more info:

A type of drug that is used to treat depression. SSRIs slow the process by which serotonin (a substance that nerves use to send messages to one another) is reused by nerve cells that make it. This increases the amount of serotonin available for stimulating other nerves.