Ketamine Infusion Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
How does ketamine infusion therapy work?
Ketamine has been in use by the United States military as an anesthetic since the Vietnam War in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until a study in 2000 by Yale University that the medical profession began to consider its use in the mental health field. In that and subsequent studies, researchers found that administering ketamine intravenously in small, controlled doses can:
- Alleviate the symptoms associated with depression
- Erase suicidal thoughts
Ketamine works by rewiring your neural connections. It blocks a particular type of receptor in your brain, which affects signaling pathways. As a result, your brain produces a protein that encourages rapid growth of new neural connections. The blockade that ketamine creates in your brain is temporary, only lasting as long as the treatment does. Once you are taken off the IV, the block is lifted, but the new rewiring stays in place.
Does ketamine have any side effects?
Ketamine doesn’t affect your cardiovascular or respiratory systems, but it can have some effect on your heart rate and blood pressure. Brian Mears, CRNA, monitors your vitals throughout the procedure.
The success of the ketamine infusion is also reliant upon a controlled and precise delivery of the drug, which is why a medical professional trained in anesthesiology like Brian Mears, CRNA, is the best choice for ketamine therapy. He understands how ketamine works in your body, what to monitor, and what the proper dosage is for each patient.
Side effects from the treatment are minimal, the most common being drowsiness. For this reason, you should get someone to drive you home from each treatment.
How many ketamine treatments are necessary?
While studies show that 70% of patients experience improvement of their symptoms from just one treatment, Brian Mears, CRNA, typically recommends six treatments over two weeks to start. After that, subsequent treatments may be required on an as-needed basis.
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