COMPANY INSIGHTS

Blog

What do ketamine infusions do?

Millions of people are affected by mental health disorders, with countless others suffering from chronic pain and physical conditions which ruin their quality of life. If you’re one of those people, talk to a medical doctor or therapist today about treatment, including ketamine infusion therapy from a licensed, reputable provider.

WHAT IS KETAMINE USED FOR?

When ketamine was synthesized in 1962, it was touted as a pre-surgical anesthetic, but people discovered it had other uses. It’s also been administered, infamously, as a powerful sedative. Ketamine may reduce symptoms of several kinds of mental health disorders and discomfort brought on by chronic pain and other conditions.

IS KETAMINE SAFE?

Ketamine is safe for use in controlled, medical settings, but there’s potential for abuse, according to a report in MedicalNewsToday. If administered outside of approved limits, its adverse physical and mental health effects can pose risks or lead to acceptance and mental addiction. Ask your doctor for more thorough information.

WHO’S A CANDIDATE FOR KETAMINE INFUSIONS?

Like many drugs, ketamine won’t work for everyone. Your overall physical and mental health, including a history of injury, physical injury, substance abuse, and potential allergies, will determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion. Generally, this kind of treatment is an option if you experience mood disorders (depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety) or chronic pain whose symptoms haven’t been managed by other drugs or therapy. A physical and mental exam are required before treatment begins.

WHAT DO KETAMINE INFUSIONS DO?

According to research, ketamine helps improve neurotransmitter function in the brain. It moves like a flash mob, taking over a certain receptor and helping connections regrow between brain cells. But doctors and researchers caution about the risk of abuse.

Experts at St. Catherine Hospital said ketamine infusion works almost instantly, “unlike most antidepressants which can take weeks, sometimes months, to provide relief. Feeling better faster, getting the mood to improve faster can be lifesaving in someone with depression. When Ketamine is administered in a very controlled manner, it triggers a sequence of events in the brain that regenerates damaged neurons.”

IS A PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH EXAM REQUIRED?

In many cases, a ketamine infusion clinic will require a patient to provide medical records before therapy begins. If you’re experiencing chronic pain or other discomfort, you will need to provide documentation of a current physical examination.

If you are experiencing a mental health illness like depression, you can expect a physical exam and mental evaluation. A doctor or therapist will refer to the DSM-5 during your exam and to help make a final diagnosis.

WHAT DO KETAMINE INFUSIONS FEEL LIKE?

Genevieve Brown, a freelance writer with depression, underwent infusion and said, “ketamine pulled me out of depression … like nothing else did. I wish that I had tried it earlier, but I was held back by my fear … of trying something new.” She also said, “there is always hope.”

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING KETAMINE INFUSION?

Once you and your doctor have decided ketamine infusion may treat your mood disorder or chronic pain, you can expect the following:

  • Consultation about dosage and treatment duration: Your treatment specialist will review your medical records and ask you about your medical history. They will base dosage and treatment duration on your weight to achieve an appropriate rate of uptake. Treatment usually lasts just under an hour.
  • Privacy, with the infusion administered in a private room with a calming atmosphere and dimmed lights. A patient isn’t required to undress, and a clinician will only need access to your arm to dispense the medicine intravenously.
  • Relaxation. Most clinics have created an atmosphere where the patient can relax during the procedure.

Chances are that your doctor doesn’t provide ketamine infusion onsite. He or she may refer you to an outside clinic, or you can search online for a ketamine provider near you.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF KETAMINE

Ketamine’s history began 60 years. It’s the child of another drug, GHB, and was first synthesized in 1962. During its childhood, it thrived as a pre-operative anesthetic for American combat troops, before it was chosen as a mind-altering drug by the counterculture movement. In the 1970s, ketamine earned scrutiny from law enforcement for its place in the illegal drug trade – infamy which grew in the 1980s. The 1990s saw the drug earn its Schedule III classification. For two decades, studies have shown the drug is a promising alternative to other drugs to treat depression, other mental illnesses, and chronic pain.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you suffer from symptoms of mental health disorders, chronic pain, or other conditions affecting the quality of life, contact us about Ketamine treatment. The use of ketamine infusion therapy is a viable option for certain patients. Be sure to ask about health benefits and risks before committing to treatment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Call Us
Free Consult