Party Drug Ketamine effective in Depression Treatment

Party Drug Ketamine effective in Depression Treatment

The completion of first successful trial of the illegal party drug, ketamine, by doctors in UK has revealed that the drug is could prove as an effective treatment for depression. The trial conducted by officials from Oxford Health NHS Foundation on 28 patients for 40 minutes on up to six occasions showed positive results within few hours after taking the low doses of the drug.

About 10% of people suffer with depression at some point of their lives. Depression is considered among the most common diseases in developed world, said officials.

Earlier treatments for depression includes use of antidepressants like prozac, and behavioural therapies to treat the disease, but doctors say a significant proportion remain resistant to any form of treatment.

Dr. Rupert McShane, lead researcher, said that the impact of the drug on health should be analyzed in detail. Despite of benefits associated with intake of the drug, it has some side-effects like it interrupts the supply of blood to the brain. Dr. McShane, said that the drug is exciting, but it cannot be used in routine treatment and cannot replace Prozac.

David Taylor, Prof. of psychopharmacology at King's College London, said that spontaneous remission of the disease never happens in these patients. He said that the drug takes on depression signs as a chemical and it works by reversing the chemical, which does not happen actually.

Although the drug is already being used in UK to treat back pain and as an anaesthetic, Ketamine is now being reclassified as a class B drug in the UK.


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