Drug derived from ketamine that can treat depression within days to be available in the UK this year

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The drug is derived from ketamine which can treat depression.

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The European and UK Health and Safety Agencies

It will be available in private clinics initially, and a cost negotiation will have to take place before it is rolled out on the NHS, experts say.

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Traditional antidepressants usually take a number of weeks before patients experience a change.

Professor Allan Young, Speaking at the Science Center, said that there were few changes in the drugs 50-60 years, adding: "People say we are still in the age of steam and we need to go to the next technological advance and I think that's true. "

He continued: "What's exciting is the arrival of a new type of drug, which is ketamine.

"What's new about this is what it's got to be different pharmacology, so it's not the same old steam engine, but it seems to work more quickly."

"We know that classic antidepressants, and actually other treatments, take a long enough time to work, if you can actually get better things out quickly."

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Dr Carlos Zarate, at US co-inventor of a patent for using ketamine to treat depression, said side effects includes decreased awareness of the immediate environment, vivid dreams, trouble communicating and disassociation.

But because of the low doses used, compared to recreational use, "people maintain insight, understand what's going on", he said.

He said the results from "previous trials were" remarkable "and said scientists can build on treatments".

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Dr Rupert McShane, who runs an NHS self-pay ketamine clinic at Oxford, said "there is a lot of interest, it's escalating".

But he said access to esketamine may take a while because it will involve a large amount of time in clinics.

Patients must spend two hours in the clinic to get rid of the first month of treatment.

Multi-Drug Registry for Patients and Patients.

He said: "It's a drug, not a miracle, in my experience. But, ketamine is, in my experience, and potentiating, is a potent and sometimes transformative antidepressant." populations of esketamine, but the potential for harm with long-term clinical use is simply unknown, and that's why registry is really needed. "

He added: "We need to think about protecting the drug from inappropriate use."

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