Ketamine dose, an innovative therapy for alcohol addiction

Researchers at Columbia University , Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute have found that a single dose of ketamine combined with psychotherapy helped alcohol dependent individuals to rid alcohol cravings and stop them from consuming alcohol for a few weeks after the treatment.

In a new study, people with alcohol addiction were randomly given a single dose of either ketamine or Midazolam ( drug used in treatment of alcohol addiction) along with modified behavioral therapy.

Researchers concluded that patients who received ketamine showed better results as compared to those who received the midazolam dose. Ketamine had long lasting effects on alcohol abstinence and patients were more stable and showed no major side effects.

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