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Anesthetic May Provide Lasting Relief for Drug-Resistant Depression

Fibro Daily July 29, 2013

Despite being the most effective treatment of medication-resistant depression, electroconvulsive therapy is often foregone due to its side-effects and public perception. However, a surgical anesthetic may prove to be an equally effective last-resort for treating depression.

Unlike Ketamine, another anesthetic that shows promise as a treatment for depression, isoflurane has shown a long-lasting impact on depression, with effects lasting four-weeks after treatment. Further, isoflurane didn’t cause any of the cognitive impairments associated with ECT, such as a reduction in autobiographical memory.

Read more: Surgical anesthetic appears to treat drug-resistant depression

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