Ketamine for Mood Disorders
Ketamine was FDA approved for use in anesthesia practice in 1970 . It works on several brain areas involved in symptoms of depression, suicidal ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum Depression (PPD), and numerous pain syndromes.
It has recently been approved in nasal form by the FDA for depression, and may be available to our patients in the near future. We are currently providing IV infusions of Ketamine only, which is still an off label use of the drug.
Ketamine, like all medications, does have some side effects, that include dizziness, blurred vision, and rarely, nausea. We provide anti-nausea, and pre medications, as appropriate, as well a quiet space for treatments to minimize side effects.
Treatment induction includes 6 one 45-60 minute sessions spread over a 2-3 week period. Research has shown this regimen to be the most effective induction method. Patients typically feel effects within the first 4 treatments, and are recommended to continue their regular care with a mental health practitioner, as well as their current drug regimen. Additionally, ketamine booster infusions are generally needed periodically following the induction treatment to maintain relief.
"In the last decade, there has been mounting evidence that up to 80% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression have benefited from Ketamine infusions."
Ketamine, unlike opioids, is not associated with any physically addictive properties.
We will work with you and your health care provider to ensure that you are a good fit for the therapies we offer to maximize your wellness.
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