A Promising but Controversial New Depression Treatment Is Now More Accessible in Vermont 

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Published May 10, 2023

A primary care doctor at the University of Vermont Health Network will soon start treating depression with a mind-altering drug that’s shown promise in helping people who don’t respond to traditional medicine.

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The medication — known as esketamine and sold by Johnson & Johnson under the brand name Spravato — is chemically similar to ketamine, a substance that’s been used in medical settings as an anesthetic, on the streets as a party drug and, more recently, as an off-label treatment for mood disorders.

 

 

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