Could Ketamine Be The Answer To Baby Blues?
8th July, 2024

Postnatal depression, or baby blues as it is commonly referred too, is extremely common amongst new and existing mothers. The symptoms of this often include low mood, sadness, irritability, loss of appetite and overwhelming sadness.

In efforts to reduce the risk of tis to women, health researchers and experts are looking to explore different methods of preventing/treating this.

In APRIL, The BMJ, released a study which suggested that women who were given a low does of esketamine just after they gave birth, demonstrated reduced signs and symptoms of postnatal depression.

Esketamine comes from the more commonly known drug, ketamine. In healthcare, ketamine is widely used as an anaesthetic for patients or as a depression medication. This is typically administered via nasal spray or alternatively tablet medications.

 

A low dosage of esketmaine could help reduce likeliness of Postnatal Depression.

A low dosage of esketmaine could help reduce likeliness of Postnatal Depression.

 

The study included 361 mothers with an average age of 32. All of the women had no prior history of postnatal related depression. Half of the women were given the esketmaine dosage and half were given an imitation esketamine injection. After this, the women were monitored for the following 42 days after their childbirth. In the end, the results demonstrated that only 6.7% of the women given the esketmaine injection experienced a depressive episode. Whereas 25.4% of the women given a fake dosage experienced a major depressive episode following their births. The esketamine injection proved to be effective in preventing postnatal depression.

Although the test was positive, it does not mean that this will work for everyone. Postnatal depression is extremely common, and esketmaine injections are not always accessible. It is important to point out that there are alternatives for helping battle postnatal depression. This includes many varieties of medications, all at different dosages.

Again, it is important to note that depression and depressive disorders differ from person-to-person and no two people suffer the exact same. This goes for the medication. Ot one medication is going to help everyone. It is important that you seek help from a medical professional if you are concerned about postnatal depression or depressive disorders in general, and work with them to find the best solution, fit just for you. 

 

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