Ketamine, a psychoactive drug also used as an anesthetic in animals and humans, holds promise for treating depression. With no significant advances in treating depression in decades, the promise of Ketamine might open that door.
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (CNN)A few months ago, Alan Ferguson decided he was ready to die — for the third time. In 2014, he attempted suicide twice, and the persistent thoughts of “I need to be dead” were echoing in his brain once again.
Ketamine, which has been called “the most important discovery in half a century,” just got a step closer to becoming the first new drug for depression in 35 years.
The compound has a reputation as a party drug, but many experts say that’s unfair, since ketamine is increasingly being studied for its potential use as a rapid-fire treatment for depression.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Knoxville Army veteran Cory McKee has tried dozens of drugs to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and nerve pain, but said nothing has worked. Now, he’s prescribed a popular party drug called ketamine to help ease the pain.
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.