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  •  Ketamine studies are worth watching (0+ / 0-)

    Ketamine gets a rapid strong response unlike SSRIs which are slow and are only modestly more effective than a placebo.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:20:41 PM PST

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    •  Um, I don't think ketamine... (0+ / 0-) an option. He's turning 96 week after next, and has a number of chronic and recent health problems. Ketamine seems to have too many bad side effects, and I doubt his primary care physician would be willing to experiment on him.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:42:35 PM PST

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    •  The date rape drug (0+ / 0-)

      Ketamine is a favorite for rapists especially when slipped into a mickey. You won't see it on the pharmacy shelves any time soon. But there is research being done to discover what parts of the chemical compound affect depression to see if an alternative can be made synthetically without the dreadful side effects.

      This might make you laugh but scopolamine given intravenously, the same medication used on patches you put behind your ear to prevent motion sickness, among other uses, have shown similarly rapid and long lasting results for depression and the depression associated with bipolar disorder. Phase II clinical trials are already underway.

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