What 83 studies say about ketamine and mental health — Medical News Today

A new review of existing research concludes that ketamine may quickly relieve some mental health symptoms. Ashima Narain/Getty Images

Doctors primarily use ketamine as a general anesthetic for medical procedures during which a person must be unconscious, but muscle relaxation is not required. Ketamine is also a dissociative medication, and researchers have been exploring the use of sub-anesthetic dosages of ketamine for treating depression for some time.

Researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom have reported that an analysis of existing studies confirms that ketamine therapy offers fast-acting, short-term relief from depression and, to some extent, suicidal thoughts and other mental health symptoms.

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