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Anti-depressant eases symptoms in an hour

14th December 2012

New research has paved the way to develop a new fast-working type of anti-depressant.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health discovered that an experimental drug could rapidly lift depression in people who had not responded to other treatments. In the study, a third of participants responded to the treatment within one hour and 20 minutes, seeing at least a 50% reduction in their symptoms compared to a 15% reduction in those who took a placebo. The drug, called AZD6765, acts in a similar way to ketamine but without the serious side-effects such as hallucinations.

 

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