CBS News - Ketamine may be quick, effective treatment for untreatable depression – Michelle Castillo

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 – May 20, 2013  –– 

Ketamine, a drug also known as “Special K” or “K,” may have some untapped benefits for people suffering from treatment-resistant depression. A clinical trial presented on May 20 at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. showed that ketamine was able to rapidly treat symptoms in patients who do not respond to antidepressant medications. "Ketamine has many identities and certainly it is known as a drug of abuse," author Dr. James Murrough, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told CBSNews.com. "It's also a drug that's used medically as an anesthetic both in humans and veterinary medicine in adults and pediatric patients since the 1950s."
-Dr. James Murrough, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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