Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic originally developed in the 1960s for use in veterinary medicine. It was soon adopted as an anesthetic for human patients undergoing surgery. Long used in clinical settings to anesthetize patients and to manage pain, researchers have recently found it to be an effective alternative to opioid painkillers.
As with many valuable medications that are safe in a clinical setting, illicit use of ketamine has led to tight regulations around its prescription and use. It’s important to know the difference between drug abuse and medical use. Receiving low doses of ketamine treatment in a clinic gives hope to patients who can truly benefit from appropriate, controlled doses.
Low doses of ketamine are administered intravenously in the clinic. The patient returns for treatment three times per week over the course of two weeks. The dosage and rate of the IV drip is determined based on the patient’s weight and medical history, but it generally takes 40-50 minutes to receive the IV fluids, plus 30-60 minutes to recover.
Patients receive a much lower dose than those who use ketamine as an anesthetic, so they do not lose consciousness during treatment. The dose and rate of uptake is also much lower than that associated with ketamine abuse, which eliminates the risk of dissociation. The purpose is not to induce a high, but rather to deliver enough ketamine to the brain to create neurotransmitters and repair or rewire crucial pathways.
Most patients describe the experience as deeply relaxing, but it is not the treatment session itself that produces results. It’s the physical effect of ketamine on the brain. Advise patients to approach ketamine infusion treatments with the outcome in mind. This will reduce their chances of experiencing fear during treatment. While receiving the drug, patients will be immobile, but conscious and cognizant of their surroundings. After treatment, it may take a few minutes to a couple hours to fully recover mobility.
The efficacy of ketamine is certain. The question of safety depends, as always, on the patient’s clinical assessment. It won’t be right for every patient, even as it positively changes lives for other patients. So far, no adverse effects have been discovered.
In study after study, patients with treatment-resistant disorders benefit greatly from ketamine infusion. The quick, dramatic results empower patients and their care providers to implement treatment plans and healthy lifestyle changes which improve their long-term state.
• PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
• Bipolar Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Chronic Pain
Ketamine infusion is recommended for patients who have major, chronic mood and/or pain disorders, and who have not experienced significant progress with two or more medications. It is used in tandem with psychotherapy, and is safe to use with most antidepressant medications.
For low doses of ketamine, side effects tend to be minor. They may include disorientation, dizziness, feelings of detachment, nausea, fatigue, increased heart rate, and heightened blood pressure. Our clinic is equipped to handle changes in patients’ vital signs and other side effects, should they occur.
Some patients experience relief within an hour of their first treatment. Most feel results within a day or so. The effect lasts for several days to a few weeks, giving patients and their care providers time to follow up on further treatment. The breakthroughs experienced during this period can continue to help the patient live a better life, long after the ketamine leaves their system.
Infusion is the only method that has been widely researched by respected medical teams. Nasal spray, injections, and other forms of ketamine administration are unlikely to work the same way. We only offer infusion therapy.
Insurance companies are sometimes slow to recognize the benefits of evolving new therapies. At the present, some insurance companies do cover the cost of ketamine infusions, while others are still evaluating the possibilities of coverage. Contacting your insurance company concerning benefits is always advisable prior to any medical procedure to verify and to avoid surprises.
Contact us today and book a free consultation to see how ketamine infusion therapy can help you.