A new drug has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of Postpartum depression. What great progress for future moms! The new medication is called brexanolone, and will be marketed as Zulresso. It does have a few limitations…it is delivered over 60 hours and requires a medical stay. Supervision is required in case of the mother becoming dizzy or faint as was seen in several patients during clinical trials. The drug is also expensive, but no amount of money should affect a mom suffering form depression denial for treatment.
This is a great alternative to traditional medication therapy because the drug is fast acting. Improvements can be seen within 48 hours, where as with antidepressants it can take 4-6 weeks to see improvements. Of course, it is a last resort to oral medications that have not been effective.
I always like to see it through the eyes of my previous self- a mom, postpartum depression survivor, in the midst of my second bout after my second baby. This time around was twice hard for me; and for some reason, Zoloft was just not doing the trick. I was tried on multiple medications- lexapro, Zoloft, Ativan, buspar. They all pretty much did nothing for me. I believe my lowest was during Christmas time of 2016. I had pretty much given up, and stopped all medications on my own (NEVER DO THIS!). Of course, had I been in the right state of mind at the time, I probably would not have. No, i can definitely say I WOULD HAVE NOT STOPPED. I had severe withdrawal symptoms for weeks. I really messed myself up. I had hallucinations one night. The next day, I was at the doctor AGAIN. Looking for answers AGAIN. I wish this had been an option for me. I would have so been up for trying it. I would have done anything to feel the slightest bit normal. Maybe I would have been able to stay out of the day stay hospitalization programI had to attend that summer. Maybe I wouldn’t have become suicidal and planning to run away from home.
We are lucky to live in a time where there is such improvements taken. Hopefully the importance of all the perinatal mood disorders stay a primary concern, and new advancements continue to be made.
Future is looking bright moms.