How Does Ketamine Relieve Depression So Quickly?

How Does Ketamine Relieve Depression So Quickly?

Ketamine has a very complicated public image. Some consider it a "party drug," while others refer to it as a "horse tranquilizer." Increasingly, this dissociative anesthetic is being examined as a potential treatment in depression cases where other drugs have failed. Standard antidepressant medications can take several weeks before relieving symptoms, but ketamine works much quicker — often within minutes. Moreover, ketamine lasts longer than standard antidepressants; its effects can persist for a week or more, despite the chemical being removed from the body within hours. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine are keen to...

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