New Treatment for Depression? 'Special K'

Study finds it can help with severe depression
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Apr 3, 2014 10:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – You probably know ketamine, otherwise known as "special K," as a scary, powerful drug—a drug intended to be used as a tranquilizer that's turned into one for the party scene. But now it could be used to treat depression. Doctors in the UK tested the drug on 28 people who have been battling depression for years—and they found that some patients noticed their symptoms disappearing just hours after taking low doses of the drug. Says the trial's lead researcher, "We've seen remarkable changes in people who've had severe depression for many years that no other treatment has touched. It's very moving to witness."

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