Is Ketamine Infusion Safe?

Is Ketamine Infusion Safe? 2020-01-09T16:59:15-07:00

The last thing anyone wants to worry about when seeking medical treatments is whether the treatment can harm them. When Ketamine is administered in a controlled medical setting by trained medical staff, it is safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved Ketamine infusion treatments. At Ketamine Infusion Centers expertly trained medical staff control the amounts and closely monitor the administration of Ketamine through intravenous infusions. All medical treatments have side effects, some are mild, and some are serious. One of the benefits of Ketamine Infusion Centers is that the medical staff are expertly trained to watch for any potential side effects and immediately address or treat those situations.

Since most people reading this are seeking information on Ketamine infusion treatments for either pain management or some type of mood disorder, let’s look at the alternative medications and their side effects first. There are many different anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, opioids, and other pain medications, and their side effects are just as diverse. The following symptoms include the most common side effects for the most common medications prescribed for pain, depression, or anxiety; not all symptoms occur with every medication.

Common Side Effects of Typical Pain or Mood Disorder Medications (anti-depressants, opioids, etc.)

  • digestive problems, including diarrhea and constipation
  • nausea
  • dry mouth
  • restlessness
  • headaches
  • insomnia or drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • decreased sexual desire and difficulty reaching orgasm
  • erectile dysfunction
  • restlessness
  • agitation (jitteriness)
  • increased sweating
  • increased or decreased blood pressure
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations
  • fast or irregular heart rate
  • changes in appetite
  • dizziness
  • weight gain
  • blurred vision
  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • loss of balance
  • bladder problems, including difficulty urinating
  • seizures, when taken in high doses
  • anxiety
  • nightmares
  • hyperventilation
  • nervousness
  • irritability
  • shaking
  • swelling of lower extremities
  • stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • kidney problems
  • increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • liver damage
  • respiratory depression
  • addiction
  • weakened immune system
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • bone death
  • tissue damage
  • cataracts or glaucoma
  • elevated blood sugar
  • psychological changes

That is a long list of common side effects for the most typical medications prescribed for pain, depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Many are severe side effects to risk. The rare side effects are not listed. Now let’s look at the most common side effects for Ketamine.

Common Side Effects of Ketamine

  • confusion (or fuzziness) during or after therapy
  • delirium
  • hallucinations (generally closed eye visuals and not full-blown)
  • mild mood swings
  • increased heart rate
  • increased blood pressure during and may continue for a few hours after treatment
  • involuntary twitching or muscle spasms
  • incoherent speech during treatment

Most of these side effects will typically dissipate on their own after treatment. Adjuvant medications may be provided to relieve any symptoms if needed.

There are a few infrequent and rare side effects to be considered when taking Ketamine just as there are for other medications for pain and mood disorders. We did not list the rare side effects for the other medications but want to be transparent about all potential side effects of Ketamine infusion treatments.

Infrequent and Rare Side Effects of Ketamine

  • abnormal drop in blood pressure
  • reduced pulmonary function
  • slow heartbeat
  • nausea or vomiting
  • abnormal increase in muscle tone
  • skin rashes
  • loss of appetite
  • bruising at the injection site
  • eye twitching and increased eye pressure
  • larynx spasms
  • arrhythmia
  • bladder inflammation
  • apnea
  • severe allergic reaction

Ketamine Infusion Centers takes all precautions to ensure the safety of our patients. Patients are closely monitored by medical personnel during and after their infusions for any potential side effects, and immediately addresses and treats those situations. The benefits of Ketamine effects far outweigh the side effects. Ketamine infusion treatments are a safe alternative to medications that may not be working or may offer much less manageable side effects. Call Ketamine Infusion Centers today, you will be in safe hands.

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