An Illegal Depression Drug May Help Alleviate Migraine Pain

It is an illegal drug that can lead to five years imprisonment if taken, given away or sold.The “party drug” ketamine could relieve the misery of millions of migraine Pain sufferers, research suggests.A US study found that taking the horse tranquilisers for up to a week reduced the severity of migraine Pain and headaches for almost three in four sufferers.The class B drugs, dubbed “Special K” by recreational users, may be an effective migraine Pain treatment for those who fail to respond to other medications, researchers said. Migraine Pain is the third most common condition in the world affecting around one in every five British women and around one in every 15 British men.


Dr Eric Schwenk, director of orthopaedic anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, said: “Ketamine may hold promise as a treatment for migraine headaches in patients who have failed other treatments.”On average, pain scores – assessed on a scale of zero to 10 – more than halved – from 7.5 to 3.4 after patients were given the tranquiliser.It found that almost three quarters experienced an improvement in their migraine pain intensity after inpatient treatment with ketamine, which involved regular infusions of the drug.Drug is used to induce general anesthesia but lower doses also provide powerful pain control for patients with many Migraine Pain conditions.Dr Schwenk said: “Our study focused only on short-term relief, but it is encouraging that this Migraine treatment might have the potential to help patients long term.The findings presented at the Anesthesiology annual meeting in Boston came from a study of 61 male migraine pain sufferers in their 40s admitted to the hospital over a period of three years.

“Our work provides the basis for future, prospective studies that involve larger numbers of patients.”Over eight million Britons alone suffer from migraine pain – making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.Some patients do not respond to regular painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen for the recurring attacks of throbbing or pulsing moderate to severe pain.In rare circumstances, NHS pain clinics will prescribe Drug to help control pain that has not responded to standard treatment. Trials are also evaluating use of the drug as a treatment for Migraine pain and depression.