Overcoming the Blood Brain Barrier Will Lead to Oxytocin Drug Treatments

A recently announced breakthrough in delivering drugs directly to the brain may see oxytocin drug treatments arriving soon. Using oxytocin as a method of treating patients has been difficult because of the difficulty in overcoming the blood brain barrier - oxytocin that is injected into the bloodstream is for the large part destroyed by the bodies defence mechanism before it reaches the brain. This is why oxytocin is most often administered through nasal sprays, allowing it to reach the brain much faster. However, scientists have now discovered a way of overcoming the barrier, meaning oxytocin drugs for such disorders as autism, social phobia, and many others, may only be a few years away.

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