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International News: U.S. FDA approves of first oral postpartum depression treatment

Posted: Saturday, August 5, 2023. 10:42 pm CST.

By Celeste Chang: CBS News reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday that the first oral treatment for postpartum depression has been approved.

The drug, called zuranolone, is a once-a-day pill that will be branded as Zurzuvae by drugmakers Sage Therapeutics and Biogen.

Zuranolone is approved for use in adults for the treatment of postpartum depression, an episode of depression that can begin after childbirth or in the later stages of pregnancy, which affects around 15 percent of women in the weeks or months after having a baby.

Symptoms of postpartum depression includes: Depressed mood or severe mood swings, Crying too much, Difficulty bonding with your baby, Withdrawing from family and friends, Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual, Inability to sleep (insomnia), or sleeping too much, Overwhelming tiredness or loss of energy, Less interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, Intense irritability and anger, Fear that you’re not a good mother, Hopelessness, Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy, Reduced ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions, Restlessness, Severe anxiety and panic attacks, Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby and Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact your doctor and find out if this pill is right for you. Officials also warn that if you see these symptoms in a family member or loved one, encourage them to seek help.

 

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