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DRUG HAILED AS PREMENSTRUAL HELP

The antidepressant sertraline alleviated symptoms in some women who suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome, a study published Tuesday said.

Sixty-two percent of the women given the drug showed "marked or much improvement" in symptoms, while 34 percent of those taking a placebo showed similar improvement, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas found.

Sertraline hydrochloride, made by Pfizer Inc., which helped fund the study, is among a class of drugs called serotonin reuptake inhibitors that enhance the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.

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