If you are reading this post chances are you or someone you know suffers from or has suffered from depression. It’s a disease that affects nearly 19 million adults in the U.S. every year.
Well, there may be good news coming for depression sufferers. There is a new drug in development called ALKS 5461 that could finally end major depression in people.
What is ALKS 5461?It
ALKS 5461 is a new mood enhancing drug that acts similar to heroin but is completely safe and doesn’t cause addiction. Now many of you are saying, “whoah, wait a minute….heroine??” Yeah, but not really. It’s a combo of 2 molecules, buprenorphine (used as an opiate without negative side effects) and ALKS 33. ALKS 33 is where the magic is. It basically blocks the buprenorphine from the receptors that make people feel euphoric and addicted.
In a recent placebo study, the patients that received the ALKS 5461 pill all responded favorably to the medication with improvement from their depression.
Scientists are optimistic that ALKS 5461 will alleviate major depression, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. That is some really good news coming if you suffer from one of these disorders.
ALKS 5461 is developed by the same company, Alkermes Pharmaceuticals, that makes Vivitrol. This drug is a monthly injection that takes away the high from using alcohol or street drugs. It really sounds like Alkermes Pharmaceuticals is on a roll here.
If ALKS 5461 can deliver what it promises, then it could really change the landscape of the depression community. However, doctors warn that even if it does cure your depression, you should still undergo psychotherapy to understand the root problem of your depression.
If you think you could be a candidate for ALKS 5461, don’t hesitate to call our office or book an appointment online for an evaluation. We are here to help make you feel better.
Here’s to Your Health!
Dr. K Bennett