Ketamine nasal spray shows promise in the fast treatment of major depression symptoms and suicidal thoughts, a new study revealed. According to research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, despite being known as a party drug, it yielded significant improvements when used to relieve symptoms of depression in the first 24 hours.
Ketamine gained its negative reputation when it became a popular street drug that offers a trancelike, hallucinatory high effect. Party and club-goers abused this drug so it is a medicine that was always frowned upon.
Although it may have a not-so-good reputation, this drug is actually a licensed medicine – an anesthetic that is usually used to prevent pain during surgeries. It is being legally used in the field of medicine for starting and maintaining anesthesia but in the recent years, it has been subjected to studies for other potential uses.