I Wanted To Live: New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

A club drug called "Special K" is generating a lot of buzz among researchers who study depression.Thats because "Special K," which is actually an FDA-approved anesthetic named ketamine, can relieve even suicidal depression in a matter of hours. And it works on many patients who havent responded to current antidepressants like Prozac.Those traditional drugs, which act on the brains serotonin system, can take more than a month to kick in, and dont work for up to 40 percent of people with major depression."We can take care of a migraine in hours," says Carlos Zarate, a brain researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health who is studying ketamine. "So why do we have to wait weeks or months with depression?"

via I Wanted To Live: New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.

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