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Ketamine as a treatment??

Hi everyone

Somebody very kindly sent me a "Facebook" article today about the benefits of Ketamine to treat depression. It's says and I quote.

" nearly half of patients tested found that there depression symptoms had disappeared "

Now I don't trust Facebook and never will, but was considering talking to my GP about this. Certainly wouldn't deviate from my current medication regime without the mental health teams input.

I would really appreciate anybody's experience or comments on the subject.

Many thanks in advance.

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Pifrus

Ketamine is still under trials for Depression. They say they get a positive response in a matter of hours and they are also doing tests on its supply to older depressed people.

At this time I feel you should keep your powder dry and await the completion of tests as you do not know how much of this drug needs to be taken and personally I would be very wary of this drug until research is finished.

Remember what the original drug is used for, !!!!??

BOB

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That's great thanks Bob.

A straight and clear answer. It even bought a smile to my face.

So how long do trials usually take? Or is it the length of a piece of string question?

Regards.

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It is hard to say you are in the lap of the Gods regarding that, keep an eye on the web and if you can visit NHS CHOICES, they sometimes follow up on trails . It seems they are quite pleased with results. Possibly sooner rather than later. Keep out of The Vets Surgery.

Give it time

BOB

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Thanks again.

Funny you say about the vets!! I work for a veterinary surgeons company.

Regards.

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If you want to try something which may help depression try Omega 3 oil - specifically with EPA and DHA. It's a high dose of 1000-2000mg of EPA daily that is recommended- if you don't want to take a supplement eat more oily fish - 2 to 4 x a week. There is research on this that is promising. Use it to supplement meds.

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Thanks for that.

Seeing as I never cook I'll take the supplements then. What's few more tablets these days.

Regards.

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Natural antidepressants - 30 min a day sunlight ( use a 10000 lux lightbox if not got natural bright sunlight)

30 mins aerobic exercise (must increase heart rate) x 3 a week.

Getting outside into nature.

Eat less processed foods, high sugar and fat. Ur 5x aday helps. Specifically eating more seeds and nuts and any sprouting veg.

Try to keep sleep regular.

Laughter (best generated with friends and loved ones)

X

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I used to take these too just in case it helps! Thanks for the reminder I must go and get some more 😄

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Thank you.

Think I do some of that. Apart from the light box, processed food and sleep. Sleep is such and issue. But that's not surprising is it?

The winters are worse. I'm gonna try and get away on my own to some sun in November. And probably invest in a light box this year.

Thanks again for everyone's advise. I mean that.

Regards.

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I got one cheap from amazon £35. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Please do. I'd be interested.

Regards.

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Ketamine is highly addictive and in the UK I think it is a class A substance which means you can be prosecuted for possessing it so, with Hidden on giving it a wide berth.

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Thanks for taking the time to remind us of all that.

Regards.

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I think the test showed immediate response to huge dose but was temporary- sounded like the dosage and continued use may be dangerous. It seemed like they would research it to find out mechanism that gave response so if a medication it would be using the specific chemical compound that helped - so probably years away. So do not try this one at home folks.

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Thank you.

So we carry on in the same mess for years to come. What a rollercoaster ride ??

Regards.

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There's a really interesting article in the daily mail today about depression, ketamine and the use of anti inflammatory medication you can access if you type in femail then search articles it's free to access I'm looking forward to hearing about the final research findings

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That great thanks.

I'll do that tonight

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