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Brexanolone

Uses
This medication is mainly used in women for the treatment of postpartum depression.

IUPAC name: 1-[(3R,5S,8R,9S,10S,13S,14S,17S)-3-hydroxy-10,13-dimethyl-2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,14,15,16,17-tetra decahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl]ethanone

Drug class: Neuroactive steroid GABA-A Modulator Antidepressant

Route of administration: Intravenous

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action
This medication works by modulating the GABA-A receptor, which improves mood or decreases anxiety, thereby restoring mental balance.

 Side effects
Brexanolone commonly causes dizziness/ drowsiness, dry mouth, flushing, sedation, and loss of consciousness.

Precautions
Before taking this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

-If you are allergic to it, any other medicine, or if you have other allergies

-If you are taking other medications (including prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, or herbal products),

-Avoid alcohol consumption as it makes you more drowsy

-This medication is normally avoided during pregnancy since it can harm the fetus.

-It should be used after the baby is born.

-Consult your doctor if you intend to use this medicine while breastfeeding.

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