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From mice to men: can ketamine enhance resilience to stress?

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Abstract

The rapid antidepressant properties of intravenous ketamine have ignited high hopes from researchers, clinicians, and patients alike. While bottom-up patient demand has led some clinicians to offer repeated ketamine infusions directly to patients, academic commentators have warned against premature clinical adoption (1), at times likening the field’s enthusiasm to the misguided use of stimulants or opiates to induce short-term depression relief. The rapidity of ketamine’s antidepressant onset (2-hours post-infusion) is impressive, but effects dissipate almost as rapidly (3-7 days).

Price, R. B. (2016). From mice to men: can ketamine enhance resilience to stress?. Biological Psychiatry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.02.011
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