This medical researcher has phone calls and email coming out of the woodwork asking questions, but the products have been removed from the market by the FDA. Oxytocin is already used as a drug in the medical setting and has applications, but due to the conceptions of the drug being a “love potion” they are hard pressed to get anyone to consistently manufacture the product. The product was marketed as a nasal spray and one vendor had a money back guarantee. Oxytocin taken without a doctor's guidance can be harmful, so another good reason for it not being on the market, but there’s still a lot of hype going on. One snort and have you gained any therapeutic value?
In addition to the “love potion” scenario, it also has the belief that it is a “truth” serum as well. The normal use of the drug is to induce labor, so more research is in the works, and some even related to use with autism. There could be one long line for some clinical trials for this one as new potential treatment plans develop. BD
But lately, the phone calls have been less about his research and more about media reports that have elevated the status of the oxytocin nasal spray his team devised to that of a truth serum, a trust drug -- even a love potion. "I have gotten an enormous number of calls from patients," says Zak, adding that one e-mail he received was from a woman whose social phobia had confined her to her house for the past 10 years. She hoped the oxytocin spray would help her overcome her fear of socializing.
Mike Delaney, a spokesman for OxyCalm, says pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration caused his suppliers to shut down oxytocin production. But while the effects of the hormone when administered to voles, mice and other creatures is quite well known, he notes, "the place it gets a little bit dicey is in humans."
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