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ABOUT IV KETAMINE TREATMENT

Ketamine was originally approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an anesthetic, but is increasingly being used to treat mood and pain disorders. Intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion therapy has emerged as a treatment option for a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideation, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  IV ketamine therapy is also effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Ketamine is different from traditional therapies, like antidepressant pills. Ketamine is the first medication found to actually heal the damage from depression and PTSD. With the ability to improve neural connectivity and cause new neural growth, Ketamine can literally heal the damage caused by high stress, anxiety, and chronic pain.  And, because Ketamine is also the first fast-acting antidepressant, you can quickly start feeling like “you” again!  Many studies have shown 80% of patients who try Ketamine infusion therapy can experience a significant reduction in symptoms during their first few infusions.

Research shows that optimal results are achieved when IV Ketamine infusions are completed over a series of 6 treatments. 

IV KETAMINE TREATMENT

For Depression

 

Depression affects approximately 17% of the population at some point in life.  First line treatment options normally consist of a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).  While SSRIs are highly effective at resolving depression in some patients, they come with significant limitations.  These limitations include low response rates, treatment resistance, high incidence of relapse, and a delay in efficacy that requires patients to take one of many SSRIs for weeks to months before seeing any benefit.  This lag-time in efficacy can be fatal in cases where suicidal ideations also occur, which is very common in depressed patients. Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression within hours, rather than the usual weeks most antidepressants can take. 

 

Depression has long been thought to be due to a neurochemical imbalance, which is why SSRIs are thought to help.  The truth is that all mood disorders, including depression, are very complex and vary widely from case to case.  This is evidenced by the low response rate for various SSRIs in depression.  A key change is neuronal atrophy, characterized by the loss of synaptic connections in key cortical and limbic brain regions—which are important for mood.  This neuronal atrophy is thought to occur due to decreased expression of growth factors, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).  Recent studies have demonstrated that ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, increases spine synapses in the prefrontal cortex and can also reverse the deficits caused by chronic stress.  Many have hypothesized and basic research has shown that this occurs by transient disinhibition of glutamate transmission, followed by compensatory glutamate bursts at the neuronal synapse.  This leads to a concomitant increase in BDNF, initiating a cascading signal pathway that ultimately increases neuronal spine formation. Resulting in an easing of depression symptoms. 

IV KETAMINE TREATMENT

For Anxiety

Intravenous ketamine therapy can be an effective treatment for anxiety sufferers because it works quickly with minimal side effects.  Unlike prescription medications that can take months to work, ketamine infusions are administered on a short timeline until symptoms disappear. The occasional bout of anxiety is a normal part of life. However, some people experience anxiety more frequently and they might feel an intense and persistent fear or worry over daily situations. This is considered an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders can have panic attacks very suddenly. 

 

Most patients suffering from mood disorders and anxiety notice a reduction in symptoms after their first or second infusion. Patients utilizing ketamine for anxiety may be able to reduce their dependency on prescription drugs to manage their symptoms.  They may also find that they have more energy available to make the lifestyle changes needed to keep anxiety at bay.  If you or a loved one is suffering from severe anxiety or a mood disorder, consider the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy to get the relief you need.

IV KETAMINE TREATMENT

For PTSD

About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year. When people hear “PTSD”, they generally think of veterans of the military. However, PTSD is a diagnosis, which relates to someone who may have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. According to the National Institute of Medicine, “PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.”

There has been a breadth of compelling research conducted on PTSD patients utilizing Ketamine, many of which have concluded that Ketamine infusion was associated with significant and rapid reduction of PTSD symptom severity. When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, research shows that Ketamine may be up to 80% effective at providing relief for PTSD symptoms. One benefit to Ketamine Infusion for PTSD treatment is its ability to sometimes bring relief to symptoms within minutes or hours, rather than the weeks or months.

 

PTSD deserves to be addressed much like any other medical physical ailment and the men and women who have served our country deserve to have relief. Ketamine Clinic RX uses low dose Ketamine infusion to allow the patient to better cope with symptoms of PTSD. 

Ketamine Clinic RX proudly offers a year round 10% discount to all veterans for all IV treatments 

The Ketamine Experience

When you arrive to the clinic you will be guided to the IV room where a small intravenous catheter will be placed in a vein in your arm. Monitors will be placed on you before the infusion begins to better help us ensure your safety. You will relax in a comfortable recliner in your own personal room for the 40 minute duration of the ketamine infusion. We encourage you to bring a comfortable blanket or even an eye blanket if you have one.  We start the infusion at a targeted dose to ensure proper delivery into the bloodstream. Ketamine reaches the brain within minutes causing a full body warming sensation.  Some patients report a feeling of dissociation where they lose awareness of their body.  

 

The infusion itself lasts only 40 minutes but please expect to be at the clinic for 1.5 hours.  Please arrive 20 minutes prior to schedule infusion time. Please do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to the infusion. It is ideal to arrange transportation to and from Ketamine Clinic Rx as you will not be allowed to drive home from the treatment. 

Risks

Ketamine infusion therapy is generally well tolerated and, as such, very few patients need to terminate treatment due of side effects. Still, ketamine is a derivative of phencyclidine (PCP) a known psychedelic which can cause euphoria and hallucinations.  Other possible side effects include nausea, headache, transient high blood pressure and increased heart rate. These side effects can also be managed and often eliminated during the infusion therapy. Following the completion of a daily infusion regimen, patients are usually tired for several hours and need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. We have yet to observe any long-term side effects that can be attributed to low dose intravenous ketamine therapy. Furthermore, ketamine is not highly addictive like more common FDA approved analgesics like opioids.

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