Ketamine Infusion

Ketamine Infusion
Ketamine is not new — it’s an anesthetic that has been widely used since the 1960s and is found on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. What is new is its application in mental health, which has seen an incredible amount of success over the past 17 years. The professionals at Alleviant Health Centers are experts in administering ketamine. Our team of medical providers work in collaboration with your medical team to help you cope with mental disorders and chronic pain through intravenous ketamine infusion. Call or book an appointment online to see if this therapy is right for you.

Ketamine Infusion Q & A

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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?

Ketamine was created in 1963 and approved by the FDA in 1970. In order to approve a medication for a specific use, the FDA conducts trials to determine it safe and effective without significant side-effects. Once an older medication is approved it is very rare for drug companies to provide all the necessary information and research required to put the medication "on label" for specific conditions. Please review the FDA's website for further information.

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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