Zuranolone Trial Shows Early Promise as an Oral Neuroactive Steroid for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression
Zuranolone was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in March 2019. One potential factor identified in PPD etiology is the dramatic perinatal changes in circulating levels of allopregnanolone, a neuroactive steroid with gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor positive allosteric modulator properties. In brain regions associated with emotion and self-perception, neural network connectivity supported by GABAergic signaling is positively correlated with plasma allopregnanolone concentrations in individuals with PPD vs. healthy postpartum female individuals.
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