Ketamine for chronic depression: two cautionary tales

Jeanne Talbot, Jennifer L. Phillips, Pierre Blier
Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN 2019 November 1, 44 (6): 384-385
A growing body of literature has shown the effectiveness of ketamine for treating chronic depression. How long the beneficial effects of repeated ketamine last once infusions are stopped, however, remains largely unknown. Understanding the challenges that ensue after ketamine cessation can help clinicians optimally guide patients who opt for ketamine treatment and minimize the associated risks. In this commentary, we discuss some unexpected data gathered from participants of a pilot study on the effects of adjunctive ketamine infusion for resistant depression.

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