There are major downsides to nicotine in terms of what it can do to your cholesterol and circulatory system, but new research may lead to new treatments for depression.
Medications based on the action of nicotine could be a new answer for the treatment of depression, say researchers from Duke University Medical Center. However, this does not mean that nonsmokers should start wearing a nicotine patch or that people with depression should smoke.
But the finding suggests that it may be possible to manipulate nicotine’s effects to safely reap its potential medical benefits, according to the researchers. As an example of the drug’s potential, they said, pharmaceutical companies already are developing compounds for treating other brain disorders by mimicking the beneficial properties of nicotine while avoiding its addictive nature.
Here’s the Link to the Duke University Study.