Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Ketamine is a Powerful Resource to Help relieve Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Chronic Pain.
What is Ketamine IV Therapy?
IV ketamine infusion therapy has been used successfully for many years to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions. Such treatments are “off-label” uses because, as a generic drug, it has not been submitted for FDA approval.
Ketamine, also known as “special-K,” has also been misused as a recreational drug, which involves much higher doses. When administered by a doctor, in proper doses, Ketamine Infusion Therapy is safe, not addictive, and can be highly effective in treating neurological and chronic pain conditions.
This treatment involves an IV infusion. The treatment will take effect right away and can last from days to weeks. The frequency of infusions is based on the conditions being treated and how each patient responds to their treatment.
IV Ketamine Infusions can also relieve other serious symptoms of Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD.
It is highly possible that Ketamine could be more effective in suicide prevention, as it works much faster than antidepressants. Response to it can quickly reduce thoughts leading to suicide or life-threatening acts.
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Today, ketamine is used widely by medical professionals and clinics as an antidepressant therapy and highly effective treatment for Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders, as well as chronic pain.
Researchers have found that it improves depression symptoms almost immediately, whereas antidepressants can take much more time as doctors test different ones and adjust dosages.
The History of Ketamine
Ketamine was developed as an anesthetic. It was approved by the FDA for anesthesia in 1970 and has the highest safety profile as it does not adversely affect ones breathing. At that time it was used mostly for soldiers wounded in battle and requiring surgery.
Ketamine also has analgesic (pain-killing), hypnotic, and amnestic (memory-loss) properties at higher doses. In the 80s and 90s Ketamine was used at higher doses illegally as a street drug. Later it was classified as a controlled substance.
Later, research studies found notable benefits for pain management and its ability to rapidly alleviate depression and suicidal thoughts. Multiple studies were done in the early 2000s, which found it to be a highly effective alternative treatment for depression.
How do Ketamine Infusions Treatment for Depression Work?
This video helps to explain more about how exactly Ketamine works to address and relieve depression.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is IV ketamine FDA approved?
IV ketamine is FDA-approved for use as an anesthetic. When used to treat depression, anxiety, or chronic pain it is an off-label use.
Is this treatment addictive?
When it is administered in a professional setting, it is highly unlikely patients will develop any addiction. Ketamine is classified as having low dependence potential. In comparison, alcohol has moderate dependence potential, and nicotine has high dependence potential.
How quickly will I experience relief after an infusion?
Some patients have reported relief after just a single infusion, while many get relief after the second or third infusion. In general, the therapeutic benefits of ketamine are very rapid, much faster than antidepressant meds. With all of that said, each case does vary.
What do I need to do to be prepared for treatment beforehand?
You are able to eat until 4 hours before your infusion and you may drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before your infusion.
Am I able to drive home after receiving an infusion?
You should have a responsible adult drive you home, as you cannot legally drive for 24 hours after an infusion. Or you can always set up a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft or a taxi.
How many infusions will I need, and how often?
For psychiatric conditions, we will likely recommend an initial series of 6 infusions. This is then followed by maintenance infusions, depending on how you respond to treatment, which might be once a month or as long as once per year. Pain conditions generally require longer and more frequent infusions.
What are the side effects of ketamine? Is it safe?
Some patients do experience nausea, increased blood pressure, and increased heart rate. These will all be closely monitored at the clinic. Ketamine is extremely safe because it does not cause respiratory depression.
Are there any medical conditions that will exclude me from ketamine treatments?
Some conditions such as schizophrenia, severe cardiac disease, liver failure, and kidney failure may exclude you from treatment.
Does insurance cover this treatment? What payments do you accept?
At this time, insurance does not cover ketamine infusions. We accept cash and credit. If you have PPO insurance with out-of-network benefits, you may be eligible for reimbursement through your insurance provider.