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 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 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. A medical professional monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure.
The success of the ketamine infusion is also reliant upon a controlled and precise delivery of the drug, which is why an intravenous infusion is the best choice for ketamine therapy. We understand 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?
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.
To learn more, call or book an appointment online at Alleviant Health Centers.
Is ketamine an FDA approved medication?
Yes it is. Please review the FDA's website for more information: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/daf/index.cfm?event=browseByLetter.page&productLetter=K&ai=0.
Is ketamine a horse tranquilzer or used in veterinarian medicine?
Ketamine is a medicine approved by the FDA as a safe an effective medication for human usage uder medical care. Many human medications are used in veterinarian medicine, but not vice versa. When used under the care of medical professionals ketamine is extremely safe and effective for both humans and animals.
Why is ketamine only approved as anesthetic agent?
Ketamine was created in 1963 and approved by the FDA in 1970. In 1970 when the FDA approved medicaitons, they categorized the medication, and approved it once it was determined as safe and effective without significant side-effects. Once an older medication is approved it is very rare for drug companies to provide all the neccessary information and research required to put the medication "on label" for specifc conditions. Please review the FDA's website for further information: https://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Other/OffLabel/default.htm.
Why is ketamine "off-label" for mood disorders and pain conditions?
Please see answer above and review the FDA's website for further information: https://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Other/OffLabel/default.htm.
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 consistant 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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