Should ketamine be used for the clinical treatment of depression?

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Objective: There has been widespread interest from the public and media in the potential of ketamine as a novel treatment for depression. This paper reviews whether current evidence supports the use of ketamine for the clinical treatment of depression. Conclusions: Clinical trials have investigated the use of intravenous ketamine for the treatment of depressive symptoms over the past 15 years. However, there remain many unanswered questions regarding its effectiveness, safety, and the route, dose and regimen for repeated administration. Experts have also raised concerns regarding ketamine's adverse effects, abuse potential and the risk of addiction. At this stage, the use of ketamine in the treatment of depression remains in the realm of research settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-384
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Depression
  • Ketamine
  • Pharmacotherapy

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