Lumateperone is a new, orally administered antipsychotic drug which alters levels of several chemicals in the brain including dopamine, serotonin and glutamate. Studies on lumateperone in people with schizophrenia experiencing an episode of severe symptoms suggest it may reduce symptoms with less side effects than current antipsychotic medication.If licensed lumateperone may provide an alternative treatment option for people with schizophrenia which may cause fewer side effects.
Brexanolone is an active product of the female reproductive hormone progesterone that regulates a specific neurotransmitter involved in a range of behaviours, including the stress
response. Some small studies have shown that brexanolone rapidly and significantly improves the symptoms of PPD and other hormonal mood disorders when compared to
other treatments. If licensed brexanolone would be the first PPD treatment that specifically targets the underlying disease process in PPD.