Journal of Addiction Medicine

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Journal of Addiction Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e31827884a3
Case Report

Premenstrual Syndrome and Self-Medication With Opioids

Qurishi, Rouhollah MD; Sonneborn, Christina MD, MRCPsych; de Jong-Arts, Marieke MD; de Jong, Cornelis MD, PhD

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We have described a patient in opioid substitution treatment using heroin to treat her premenstrual complaints. After a short review of the diagnosis and etiology of premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the relation between premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder and opioid receptors is discussed. In the case of the patient described, increasing the dose of methadone in the premenstrual period produced significant clinical improvement.

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