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Ketamine Shows Promise as a Fast-Acting Treatment for Depression

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-04-16 20:33:57
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Ketamine [wikipedia.org] could become an approved treatment for depression in the UK soon:

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression [bbc.com]

Ketamine has "shown promise" in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to "significant" improvements in depressive symptoms in the first 24 hours. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it was a "significant" study that brought the drug "a step closer to being prescribed on the NHS".

The report by researchers from Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson and Johnson company, and Yale School of Medicine, is the first study into ketamine as a treatment for depression that has been done by a drug company.

[...] The study found those using esketamine had a much greater improvement in depression symptoms at all points over the first four weeks of treatment. However, at 25 days the effects had levelled out. The study's authors suggest it could offer an effective rapid treatment for people severely depressed and at imminent risk of suicide and could help in the initial stages of treatment, as most anti-depressants take four to six weeks to become fully effective.

Also at Medical Daily [medicaldaily.com].

Efficacy and Safety of Intranasal Esketamine for the Rapid Reduction of Symptoms of Depression and Suicidality in Patients at Imminent Risk for Suicide: Results of a Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study [psychiatryonline.org] (DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.17060720) (DX [doi.org])

Can a Framework Be Established for the Safe Use of Ketamine? [psychiatryonline.org] (DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.18030290) (DX [doi.org])

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Study Suggests Psilocybin "Resets" the Brains of Depressed People [soylentnews.org]
Ketamine Reduces Suicidal Thoughts in Depressed Patients [soylentnews.org]
Studies Identify How Ketamine Can Reverse Symptoms of Depression [soylentnews.org]
Over Years, Depression Changes the Brain, new Study Shows [soylentnews.org]


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