alexa Ketamine’s Journey from Sedation to Suicide
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Journal of Psychiatry
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Ketamine’s Journey from Sedation to Suicide Prevention: A Viewpoint

Saeed Ahmed1*, Mudasar Hassan2, Hema Venigalla3, Hema Madhuri Mekala4 and Mustafa Qureshi5

1Nassau University Hospital, New York, United States

2A & L Physicians, New York, United States

3Texas Behavioral Health Clinic, Texas, United States

4University of Missouri, Missouri United States

5Zucker Hillside Hospital LIJ, New York, United States

*Corresponding Author:
Saeed Ahmed
Department of Psychiatry
Nassau University Medical Center
East Meadow, NY 11554, USA
Tel: (516) 572-0123
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: September 02, 2016; Accepted Date: September 15, 2016; Published Date: September 22, 2016

Citation: Ahmed S, Hassan M, Venigalla H, Mekala HM, Qureshi M (2016) Ketamine’s Journey from Sedation to Suicide Prevention: A Viewpoint. J Psychiatry 19:383. doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000383

Copyright: © 2016 Ahmed S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. According to research in 2016, the suicide rate has increased substantially both in the United States and worldwide. Most people who commit suicide are found to suffer from psychiatric illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the past several studies are conducted to examine which drugs decrease suicidal ideation in mentally ill patients. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac (fluoxetine) are believed to decrease suicidal intentions in patients with depressive disorders. Similarly, lithium and clozapine are effective in reducing suicidality in patients with bipolar depression and schizophrenia, respectively. Although these drugs have a demonstrated efficacy to reduce suicidality long-term, there is limited evidence that these drugs have the same effect during the acute phase of illness. Most psychotropic medications take a few weeks to work; unfortunately, some patients require sufficiently more time to stabilize their symptoms. Because time is a crucial factor when dealing with suicidal patients, we express our viewpoint regarding the use of ketamine, which may, within hours or days help patients with suicidal ideation.


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