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What is ketamine?

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Ketamine is an anesthetic widely used in people and animals. It keeps you from feeling pain during surgery or other procedures that can hurt. It can make you feel disconnected from your body or make you see things that aren't there (hallucinate). It's sometimes known as a "club drug." In recent years, scientists have studied whether ketamine can be used to treat depression. Other researchers have looked at whether it can be used to help people with bipolar disorder or brain injuries or if PCP and ketamine could be used to treat schizophrenia.

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Strong, K. , October 2014. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents

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Cleveland Clinic: "Hallucinogens -- LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin and PCP."

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Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Current treatments."

Strong, K. , October 2014. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents

Chen, H. , June 2006. Journal of Neurochemistry

Deardorff, W. . Published online, July 2016. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy

Esposito, Z. , April 2013. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics

Zarate, C. , October 2010. Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Olivares, D. , July 2012. Current Alzheimer Research

Kapur, S. , September 2002. Molecular Psychiatry

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "DrugFacts: Hallucinogens."

University of Maryland, Center for Substance Abuse Research: "Ketamine."

Cleveland Clinic: "Hallucinogens -- LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin and PCP."

News release, University of Cincinnati: "Ketamine Shows Promise as Therapy for Brain Trauma and Mood Disorders."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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