What is Ketamine

What is Ketamine 2020-01-09T16:26:02-07:00

Ketamine began as an anesthesia medication in the 1960’s, used on the battlefields of the Vietnam War. Today, Ketamine is used as an analgesic (pain reliever) and to treat depression and anxiety. In fact, it is one of the biggest breakthroughs for treating severe depression in years. You may have heard of its uses as a street drug to elicit hallucinations, but used under proper medical supervision at the Ketamine Infusion Centers, it is very effective in treating pain, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

Ketamine was developed for use as an anesthetic drug to replace PCP. There were problems with using PCP such as long lasting and severe hallucinogenic effects after patients recovered consciousness and often other psychotic symptoms such as delusions, deliriums, and psychosis. Administered under medical supervision, Ketamine does not have those long-lasting effects; any hallucinations it does cause are very minor and short term. Used as a street drug, it becomes a dissociative anesthetic which distorts the user’s perception of sight and sound and can have prolonged symptoms of psychosis and even create psychotic disorders. However, administered properly under medical supervision it has been deemed safe and very effective.

Ketamine used in low doses is a very effective pain reliever. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine with the American Academy of Pain Medicine have developed guidelines for the use of Ketamine as an effective pain reliever alternative to addictive opioids. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ketamine for a pain reliever in a medically controlled environment.

In addition to use as a pain reliever, Ketamine can be used to treat depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, and other mood disorders. In March, the American Psychiatric Association published a consensus statement for the use of Ketamine to treat depression and other mood disorders with carefully monitored infusions. Recent studies show it is effective in treating depression in over 85% of patients according to Yale University. In March 2019, the FDA approved Ketamine use for depression in specific medically controlled situations.

Ketamine is administered at Ketamine Infusion Centers as a continuous infusion from an intravenous (IV) pump into your IV site. While you receive the IV, medical staff at Ketamine Infusion Centers will monitor you for any physical and mental effects. Administered this way the side effects can be controlled and remain very mild and short term. Call today to get started at Ketamine Infusions Centers.

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