Ketamine, an antidepressant drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has proven successful in treating psychiatric disorders and chronic pain. Although it is primarily utilized in starting and managing the administration of anesthesia, in lower doses, it can assist with pain management and function as an antidepressant. Ketamine infusion has also been used successfully to treat PTSD, anxiety, and major depressive disorder (MDS) when other frontline treatments have failed.
Ketamine infusion therapy is the administration of the medication over a series of intravenous infusions.In numerous studies, Ketamine has been effective for 40 to 60 percent of patients when administered as a mood stabilizer.
As opposed to many antidepressants, Ketamine works within hours and could be successful in providing the serotonin and dopamine levels necessary to reach someone who is suicidal. Additionally,Ketamine can effectively reduce pain by targeting chemical receptors in the nervous system.
Ketamine should not be administered to patients that are also experiencing unstable heart conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, etc.), psychosis, substance abuse problems, severe liver disease, glaucoma, or uncontrolled high blood pressure. To determine if Ketamine is a safe option for you, consult with a doctor and provide a detailed medical history.
Before scheduling your treatment, you will meet with a medical professional to review your medical records and discuss your ideal dosage. They will also provide more information regarding the treatment duration and frequency.
As with most intravenous medical procedures, the most painful part of the treatment is often the injection of the needle, which is similar to receiving IV fluids. Once inserted, the medication may feel cold when entering the bloodstream, but there should not be any additional pain. A medical professional will monitor your vitals with noninvasive instruments throughout your treatment. Most Ketamine infusion therapy sessions last for less than an hour.
During your treatment, you will likely experience deep relaxation and minor sedation. You should not, however, lose consciousness or experience hallucinations or “trips.” If you would like to listen to music or have your specialist dim or turn off the lights, it can increase the calming experience of Ketamine infusion therapy. Due to the minor sedation and relaxing effects, you should plan to coordinate a ride home in case of lasting fatigue.
Always consult with your doctor before undergoing Ketamine infusion therapy to ensure this treatment is right for you.
If you have questions or concerns about Ketamine infusion therapy, the professionals at Arcara Psychiatry will provide an in-depth consultation to determine if Ketamine infusion therapy is the right treatment option for you.
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