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Ketamine used successfully in depression trial

Illegal party drug aided sufferers unresponsive to other treatments

Illegal party drug ketamine has successfully been used to treat serious depression, NHS researchers said yesterday.

The class-C drug, due to be upgraded to class-B, had a rapid beneficial effect on patients who were not responding to more orthodox treatments.

Some had suffered unremitting depression for years despite seeking various treatment remedies.

Many patients taking part in the trial at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust relapsed within a day or two but almost 30 per cent showed improvements lasting at least three weeks.

And in 15 per cent of cases, patients took more than two months to relapse and some benefited for eight months.

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