A cheap antibiotic normally prescribed to teenagers for acne is to be tested as a treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia, in a trial that could advance scientific understanding of the causes of mental illness.
That is the opening paragraph in the Belfast Telegraph (A UK Based publication) which then goes on to state that as a result of a “chance observation” the National Institute for Health Research is now funding a £1.9 million (about 3 million US dollars) trial of Minocycline a cheap antibiotic for use in respect of the treatment of Schizophrenia.
One very interesting statement made within this report was this one…
Scientists believe that schizophrenia and other mental illnesses including depression and Alzheimer’s disease may result from inflammatory processes in the brain. Minocycline has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects which they believe could account for the positive findings.
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