Nicotine: the key to a new antidepressant?

Well, nicotine-like compounds, to be exact.

A New Grant To Study Depression Treatments has been awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago by the National Institute of Mental Health. Prior research had indicated that nicotine itself had antidepressant properties, so “nicotinic compounds that have been modified to reduce their addictive potential while retaining the ability to balance mood could provide a new family of antidepressant drugs, ” said Alan Kozikowski, the grant’s principal investigator. The team hopes that this nicotinic drug will work faster and have fewer side effects than those currently on the market.

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