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Ketamine and Depression

Although ketamine hydrochloride (Ketalar®) is approved for use as an anesthetic for certain medical procedures, there are also "off-label" uses for this drug. An off-label use is when a healthcare provider recommends a medication for something it is not approved to treat.
 
For example, using ketamine for depression treatment is an example of an off-label use. Specifically, ketamine may be beneficial in the treatment of major depression that has not been adequately controlled using other treatments.
 
(Click What Is Ketamine Used For? for more information on treating depression with ketamine. This article takes a closer look at what ketamine is used for, including other possible off-label uses of this drug.)
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