Abstract

WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE:

Some patients with refractory depression who fail to respond to rapid injection of standard-dose ketamine are injected with high doses, but the safety and efficacy of this practice are unclear.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

A 57-year-old woman with refractory depression whose symptoms did not improve after 20-seconds intravenous injection of 0.5 mg/kg ketamine went into remission following eight, 1-minute intravenous injections of 1 mg/kg ketamine delivered over a 4-week period. By 6-month follow-up, no significant adverse events had occurred and cognitive function had improved.

WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION:

High-dose intravenous injections of ketamine may stably improve depressive symptoms and cognitive function in patients with refractory depression who do not respond to rapid intravenous injection of standard-dose ketamine. The high-dose treatment appears to be associated with only mild side effects.

Wang, M., Xiong, Z., Su, B., Wang, L., Li, Z., Yang, Y., & Fang, J. (2019). Repeated ketamine injections in synergy with antidepressants for treating refractory depression: A case showing 6-month improvement. Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics., https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpt.13041

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