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Ketamine: The ‘Exciting’ New Depression Therapy

Illegal Drug Ketamine May be the new Therapy for Depression

Patients suffering from incurable depression may now be treated effectively using Ketamine- the illegal date drug. According to a team of doctors in the UK, ketamine may actually be an ‘exciting’ and ‘dramatic’ new treatment for depression.

The team from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust conducted a small trial on 28 people, and used antidepressants like Prozac and other behavioral therapies to tackle depression, which proved futile. However, the researchers found how Ketamine was effective in demonstrating effectiveness within just six hours of the first infusion.

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Depression Gets a New Treatment Approach- Ketamine

“It really is dramatic for some people, it’s the sort of thing really that makes it worth doing psychiatry, it’s a really wonderful thing to see,” lead researcher of the study Dr Rupert McShane, explained.”It is exciting, but it’s not about to be a routine treatment as where we need to be going is maintaining the response… it’s not about to replace prozac.”

The researchers have also found how the use of Ketamine was associated with certain potential side effects, so this drug may not exactly be a reliable, long term treatment option. However, scientists are now looking to experiment on the safety of its use and will be researching new treatments for depression.

Depression, which affects 1 in every 10 individuals, is actually responsible for a number of potentially dangerous health conditions including obesity, heart disease and even cancer!

Illegal Drug Ketamine May be the new Therapy for Depression

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