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A 27-year-old female asked:

What is known about the use of ketamine in treatment of depression? would it be a good maintenance medication, or more for severe depressive episodes?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Ketamine ; MDD: Some studies are available showing that IV ketamine given in highly specialized clinics can offer rapid relief in severe, treatment-resistant depression, such as: http://tinyurl.Com/l76qma8 however, problems remain in that the beneficial results may not last more than a few days. Some cities have such clinics. It would not be a maintenance medication that someone could use at home.
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Dr. Travis Hansen
22 years experience
not at this time: The use of ketamine to treat depression is in its infancy and being studied. Showing great promise but not avaiable as an everyday treatment for depression.
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Last updated Dec 12, 2016

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