Prophylactic Doses of Ketamine Shown to Help PSTD

According to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, a single dose of ketamine given one week before a stressful event has the potential to prevent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Josephine C. McGowan, a doctoral student in Neurobiology and Behavior at CUMC and first author of the study, said in a press release, “Our findings indicate that the timing of ketamine administration is critical for buffering fear expression.” For their study, researchers found that ketamine given after an electrical shock did not affect the fear response in test mice, but that giving ketamine one hour after a second shock to mice decreased the fear response.

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