Ketamine Infusion Q & AAlleviant Health Centers
How does ketamine infusion therapy work?
In small, controlled doses, ketamine can:
Alleviate the symptoms associated with treatment resistant depression
Alleviate the symotoms associated with PTSD, OCD, Bipolar
Erase suicidal thoughts
Ketamine works by rewiring your neural connections. It blocks a particular type of receptor in your brain, which impacts 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. A medical professional will monitor your vital signs throughout the infusion.
Side effects from the treatment are minimal, and might include a slight headache or nausea. The most common being drowsiness. For this reason, you should get someone to drive you home from each treatment.
How many ketamine infusions are necessary?
Depending on your diagnosis, we typically recommends six treatments over two weeks to start. After that, subsequent treatments may be required on an as-needed basis.
Is ketamine a horse tranquilizer or used in veterinary medicine?
Ketamine is a medicine approved by the FDA as a safe an effective medication for human usage. However, since ketamine is extremely safe and effective, it has also been adopted for use in veterinary medicine. It is widely used to treat both humans and animals.
Is ketamine an FDA approved medication?
Yes. Please review the FDA's website for more information.
Why is ketamine "off-label" for mood disorders and pain conditions?
Isn't nasal ketamine soon going to be FDA approved?
A nasal form of ketamine is in the last phase of the FDA approval process. However, it is our belief that the nasal route is significantly less effective than an IV route of administration. Ketamine infusions provide a consistent and reliable serum level that we can easily titrate to optimize safety and outcome. Many medical professionals believe nasal ketamine will not become a widely prescribed medication and will only be prescribed for use within a clinic.
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