NEURO WELLNESS SPA

IV KETAMINE: AN INTRODUCTION

How Do Ketamine Infusions Work?

NEURO WELLNESS SPA

IV KETAMINE: AN INTRODUCTION

How Do Ketamine Infusions Work?

EFFICACY OF IV KETAMINE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

IV Ketamine therapy has been proven effective for depressive symptoms within hours of an infusion. In comparison, antidepressants take several weeks, even months, to provide relief. Clearly, this factor alone contributes greatly to reducing suicidality in TRD patients. Elizabeth Ballard, PhD., a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, published a study in August of 2014 demonstrating Ketamine “reduces suicidal thoughts independent of its effect on depression or anxiety. That’s an important discovery…because not all suicides can be traced back to depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and alcohol or other substance dependence, for examples, also account for some suicides.”

EFFICACY OF IV KETAMINE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

IV Ketamine therapy has been proven effective for depressive symptoms within hours of an infusion. In comparison, antidepressants take several weeks, even months, to provide relief. Clearly, this factor alone contributes greatly to reducing suicidality in TRD patients. Elizabeth Ballard, PhD., a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, published a study in August of 2014 demonstrating Ketamine “reduces suicidal thoughts independent of its effect on depression or anxiety. That’s an important discovery…because not all suicides can be traced back to depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and alcohol or other substance dependence, for examples, also account for some suicides.”

DEPRESSION STATISTICS IN AMERICA

Each year, it is estimated that 13 to 14 million Americans experience major depression. Thirty to forty percent of these individuals, despite adequate medications and/or therapy, do not experience improvement in their symptoms. This equates to, at best, nearly 4 million adults in America struggling with major depression that is treatment resistant! That is a staggering number of individuals. As such, researchers recognize the unmet need in clinical practice for alternative methods for treating TRD (treatment resistant depression). Huge advancements have been made utilizing intravenous Ketamine infusion therapy.

DEPRESSION STATISTICS IN AMERICA

Each year, it is estimated that 13 to 14 million Americans experience major depression. Thirty to forty percent of these individuals, despite adequate medications and/or therapy, do not experience improvement in their symptoms. This equates to, at best, nearly 4 million adults in America struggling with major depression that is treatment resistant! That is a staggering number of individuals. As such, researchers recognize the unmet need in clinical practice for alternative methods for treating TRD (treatment resistant depression). Huge advancements have been made utilizing intravenous Ketamine infusion therapy.

OTHER USEs FOR IV KETAMINE

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In addition to treatment resistant depression, IV Ketamine therapy treats other disorders and diagnoses. Research has demonstrated ketamine to be an effective treatment for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

 

Ketamine was FDA approved in 1970 as an anesthetic. Due to its fast acting nature and excellent safety profile (no respiratory depression) it is often used on the battlefield. It is often the anesthesia of choice for children. It has been used medicinally for radiation and burn therapy. Emergency rooms have used the drug to curb suicidal thoughts in patients. Unfortunately, Ketamine has also been used illicitly in social settings because of its ability to distort perceptions of sight and sound (including hallucinations), as well as produce feelings of detachment to the environment and ones self. As such, it is classified as a controlled substance, and there are stringent controls on obtaining Ketamine.

HOW IV KETAMINE TREATMENT WORKS

When seeking IV Ketamine therapy infusions, patients are treated in an outpatient setting. A typical course of treatment includes 6-8 infusions over a 3-4 week period. Infusions last approximately 45 minutes and the dosage is based on patient’s weight. It is important to understand that the dose is therapeutic, with the goal being a mild dissociative experience. An IV is inserted into the arm, wrist, or hand, and a small dose is delivered at a slow, controlled rate.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM IV KETAMINE TREATMENT

During the infusion, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation are monitored. Post-infusion, patients may experience side effects such as blurred vision, feelings of lightness, and, rarely, headache or nausea. These feelings subside quickly and patients leave without any side effects. Patients require transportation after each infusion and are unable to operate heavy equipment for the following 24 hours. The infusions are well tolerated with a 70-80% success rate. Patients will experience results within days or even hours.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR TRD

While IV Ketamine therapy is an FDA- approved anesthetic medication, its use for TRD is considered an off label indication. However, thousands of patients have been treated with IV Ketamine with outstanding efficacy. TMS and ECT are the other two options for treatment resistant depression. Neither IV Ketamine nor TMS require general anesthesia and neither has a risk of memory/cognitive impairment. IV Ketamine may provide the fastest relief from symptoms of depression, stimulating the growth of neurons in the brain in as little as one hour. When experiencing pain and suffering, every second not only counts, but can also save a life.

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