A mystery partly solved: How the ‘club drug’ ketamine lifts depression so quickly

Time Magazine (US)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ketamineA new study sheds light on why the anesthetic and “club drug” ketamine can relieve depression rapidly — in hours, instead of weeks or months. The findings may help provide new targets for developing antidepressants and increase researchers’ understanding of the devastating disorder. The study, published in the journal Nature, offer support for wider use of ketamine in depression. A drug that could relieve depression quickly has long been sought by pharmaceutical companies and patients.