What is Ketamine:
Over the last 20 years, there has been exponential growth in research surrounding the use of low dose ketamine as an adjunct to treat the symptoms of depression and chronic pain. Time magazine published an article in 2012 and which named ketamine as “arguably the most important discovery in half a century” in relation to its efficacy in treating the symptoms of depression.
Traditional therapy options for patients with treatment resistant depression includes:
- Long term depression medications, which can have a host of side effects
- Electroconvulsive Therapy, which consists of electrical currents passed through the brain while the patient is under general anesthesia
- Psychotherapy, which can take months to years to show improvements
Thankfully, KETAMINE is now an option. With an excellent safety and side effect profile, patients experience relief of symptoms in HOURS not months or years. In fact, 70% of patients enjoy lasting relief of depressive symptoms after completing the recommended series of six infusions. Recent studies have revealed that ketamine mediated synaptic plasticity changes appear to occur within a matter of hours after administrating ketamine. What that means is Ketamine is literally rewiring your brain by reforming pathways that allow for positive thoughts to reform in the brain again.
Ketamine has been helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD because it works on inhibiting glutamate, which is thought to play a key role in stress response. Research is concluding that Ketamine can play an important role in mitigating and reducing the symptoms of PTSD.
Post Partum Depression :
Ketamine has been shown to reduce the effects of Post Partum Depression (PPD). Because Ketamine has rapid onset, new mothers can find relief within hours rather than waiting weeks to figure out the appropriate dose of oral anti depressants.
There is growing evidence that ketamine can be beneficial in regards to various anxiety disorders which include social anxiety disorder and general anxiety disorder. Current treatment for anxiety disorders include a host of prescription medications which can not only can be physically addictive, but can also leave up to 40% of patients with no relief at all.
Ketamine has been effective in treating neuropathic chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and post herpetic neuralgia also known as shingles.
We do require a referral from your pain management provider because of the complex nature of treating chronic pain.