Scientists have found that severe clinical depression in some cases can be treated with drugs. Ketamine is the strongest prohibited narcotic analgesic. Experts from Oxford University believe that sometimes its use in the treatment of depression is warranted. Of course, before his appointment should ensure that standard therapy is not helping.
The effectiveness of the drug scientists confirmed on 28 volunteers with clinical depression. Each of them received ketamine at a dose of 0.5 mg per kilogram of body weight. The course lasted for three weeks (2 injections per week). In most cases, the positive effects wore off after a couple of days after the injection, however, every third patient was observed long-term positive effect. 15% of the effect lasted for two months. Seven percent was detected intolerance of ketamine because of severe side effects.