Ketamine for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

by Sierra on August 11, 2010

The National Institutes of Mental Health reported this week on the results of a small study that found an experimental medication that lifts depression symptoms in bipolar disorder within an hour. This possible wonder drug is ketamine. Ketamine is a veterinary and human anaesthetic that also happens to be an addictive dissociative psychedelic drug.

The LA Times provides a clear and concise summary of the methods and finding of this report.

In the study, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health found that 71% of the bipolar patients who had not responded to other treatments, experienced significant improvement in depression symptoms after a single intravenous infusion of ketamine. Most of these patients responded within 40 minutes of receiving the drug. In comparison, 6% of the patients receiving a placebo responded positively.

Visit the Bipolar Disorder Health Center at WebMD for additional information about this study.

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