Ketamine for depression, psychiatric disorders, and chronic pain conditions
Ketamine can help an individual trying to cope with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic migraines and fibromyalgia. It is also shown to reduce suicidal tendancies.
Patients receive a thorough psychiatric and medical evaluation prior to treatment. If suitability for treatment is identified, patients undergo a ketamine infusion. Typically enough to demonstrate whether the treatment is effective.
Relief is now available... and it can come in hours, not weeks or months.
Ketamine therapy is a relatively new, innovative and fast-acting treatment for those affected by severe depression, anxiety disorders, postpartum mood disorders, PTSD, migraine, fibromyalgia, addiction and pain.
Ketamine is a medication that has been prescribed as an anesthetic since the 1960s. In 2000, researchers discovered that ketamine has a powerful effect on depression, especially for patients resistant to treatments with typical antidepressants.
In research and treatment since then doctors have seen the powerful results of ketamine as a treatment for depression. These improvements include elevated mood in as little as a few minutes, a reduction in suicidal tendencies, and without the side effects typically seen with classic antidepressants.
"The discovery of antidepressive action of ketamine in 2000 has been described as the single most important advance in the treatment of depression in more than 50 years."
Success Rates of Ketamine Infusions
Up to 90% of patients respond favorably to ketamine infusion therapy. 70% will show symptom relief after just one infusion, while 85-90% of patients display symptom improvement after undergoing a three-week treatment regime.
Some patients will require maintenance infusions, every few months afterwards, depending on their symptoms and physiology.
Is Ketamine Safe?
Ketamine infusions are considered very safe. Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic since the 1960s, and even at anesthetic doses which are about 2 to 6 times higher than the therapeutic dose used to treat depression.
Ketamine does not cause side effects that oral antidepressants often cause, such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction.