Rapid anti-suicidal and antidepressant effects of ketamine have repeatedly been confirmed in unipolar and bipolar depression. Although meaningful antidepressant efficacy of ketamine has also been shown in depressed patients with a history of psychotic symptoms, its administration in psychotic disorders has largely been neglected due to its potential to exacerbate dissociative or psychotic symptoms. Presenting a case of a young female inpatient suffering from schizophrenia with a severe post-psychotic depression, we demonstrate a robust anti-suicidal and antidepressant effect of S-ketamine infusions administered thrice weekly for 3 weeks in total. Importantly, no relevant psychotic or dissociative symptoms occurred during the whole augmentation treatment period leading to a sustained remission of depressive symptoms and suicidality. Our safe and effective experience with intravenous S-ketamine might encourage researchers and clinicians to widen its administration range beyond the diagnosis of depression to enrich the current knowledge of ketamine effects in psychotic disorders.
Keywords: Ketamine; Post-psychotic depression; Schizophrenia.
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