Prescription anti-depressants such as Prozac or drugs that have Prozac in them, like Sarafem work especially well for those suffering from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which is the most severe version of PMS, affecting about 5 to 10 percent of menstruating women.
Sarafem is the first and only FDA-approved prescription to help the symptoms of PMDD. It works by correcting the imbalance of serotonin that may lead to the disorder.
Parents should remember that teenage girls are just as affected by PMS as women, and in some cases it can be even worse.
"Mothers should think about this and know a teenager's moodiness might not just be part of being a teenager. It could be PMS," she said.
Here are some other tips from experts on how to stave off PMS symptoms:
Avoid sugary foods or drinks and eat small meals at regular intervals.
Refined foods made with white flour or rice can encourage mood swings. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates, like brown rice or oats.
Salty foods can make you retain more water, so try substituting herbs or low-sodium salt to food.
Increase your intake of fresh fruit, vegetables and water (six to eight glasses daily.) You should also exercise to help ease stress.
Some doctors believe drinking rosemary tea three times during the week before your period may help you deal with the PMS blues by bringing hormone levels into line. Pour one cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary leaves, and let steep, covered, 10 to 15 minutes. Drink warm.