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Laughing Gas Could Be Used As Treatment For Depression

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, could potentially be used as a treatment for severe depression in the future. New research has found that 25% nitrous oxide was effective in treating people with treatment-resistant depression. Previous studies have shown that inhaling 50% nitrous oxide could reduce depressive symptoms in people. However, the treatment often led to patients suffering side effects such as headaches, nausea, and tingling. The new study found that participants suffered fewer side effects when inhaling 25% nitrous oxide. The treatment also had a comparable efficacy rate to the treatment using 50% nitrous oxide. Researchers say that the study is far from definitive and that further testing is required.

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