Postpartum depression: a promising new drug for young mothers

American researchers may have succeeded in developing an effective drug against postpartum depression, which affects between 10% and 20% of young mothers.

Post-partum depression is a real scourge: this psychiatric disorder (which is characterized by sleep disorders, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, etc.) affects between 10% and 20% of young mothers. . Its management, at present, is based on the combination of drug treatment (antidepressants) and psychotherapy.

Be careful not to confuse postpartum depression with the baby blues: the latter (which concerns about 70% of young mothers and which mainly has hormonal causes) manifests itself as a “stroke of the blues” from the third day after the baby blues. delivery, but does not last more than 2 weeks.

A drug to take every night for postpartum depression

Good news: according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Psychiatry, a drug has reportedly shown promising results against postpartum depression.

Researchers at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research (US) worked with a group of 153 patients (aged 18 to 45) with postpartum depression. The volunteers were divided into two groups: of these, 77 took 1 tablet of zuranolone per evening for 2 weeks, while the remaining 76 received a placebo.

The participants’ symptoms were assessed for 45 days. Verdict? At the end of the observation, 53% of the women who had received zuranolone were in complete remission from their depression, compared with 30% of the women on the placebo. Encouraging results!

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