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Is a new fast-acting pill for depression the Holy Grail that patients have been waiting for? – Daily Mail

Thursday, 1 September, 2022

Is a new fast-acting pill for depression the Holy Grail that patients have been waiting for? – Daily Mail

The new oral drug works in a completely different way from current ones; it triggers the production of glutamate, a chemical messenger in nerve cells in the brain. The claim is that this prompts the brain to form new neural connections, allowing for more positive thought pathways to develop [File photo]

 
Treating severe and chronic depression can be extremely difficult. Over the years, medicines have been developed to treat mood disorders, from tricyclics in the 1950s to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) in the 1970s.

However, it can take time for these drugs to have an effect (and in an estimated 30 per cent of cases, they don’t work at all); with SSRIs, it’s between four to eight weeks.

But could a new drug that’s just been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. be the answer?

Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11157925/Is-new-fast-acting-pill-depression-Holy-Grail-patients-waiting-for.html

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