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Experimental Medication Lifts Depression Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder Within an Hour

People with treatment-resistant bipolar disorder experienced relief from symptoms of depression in as little as 40 minutes after an intravenous dose of the anesthetic medication ketamine in a preliminary study; while the patient group was small, this work adds to evidence that compounds in the class to which ketamine belongs have potential as rapid and effective medications for depression, including bipolar depression. The potential for side-effects makes ketamine an impractical drug for standard use, but it provides a way to test this approach for developing novel treatments that act more rapidly than existing ones.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2010/experimental-medication-lifts-depression-symptoms-in-bipolar-disorder-within-an-hour.shtml



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