SOME patients suffering from PTSD will now be able to undergo psychotherapy that includes the use of the party drug MDMA.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved expanded access for the treatment even though full market approval has not been granted, according to the New Atlas science and technology news website.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) says 10 treatment sites will administer the therapy.
One in 11 people will be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
“We commend FDA for recognizing the great unmet medical need of PTSD by allowing access to MDMA-assisted pychotherapy on a compassionate basis for people with treatment-resistant PTSD,” MAPS founder Rick Doblin told New Atlas.
“We are delighted to begin generating real-world evidence about this potential new treatment.”
Michael Mithoefer of MAPS adds that “combining the powerful effects of pharmacology with the potential depth of pychotherapy is a compelling model for harnessing advances in neuroscience and psychopharmacology without ignoring the complexity, richness and innate capacity of the human psyche.”
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MDMA, which is also known as Molly or Ecstasy, produces feelings of “increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The NIDA warns that high doses can lead to liver, kidney or heart failure and death.
Full approval of the new treatment may come by 2022.
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