Ketamine is a remarkable medication with an ability to relieve the symptoms of mood and pain disorders. It’s not right for everyone, but if other treatments have failed for you, and you are ready to take control of your life again continue below to learn about Ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine, developed in 1962, was initially promoted as a fast acting general anesthetic. A few years later, in 1970, the federal government approved ketamine for human use, and as a result it soon became popular as a battlefield anesthetic. Experts are calling it the most significant advance in mental health in more than half a century. They point to studies showing ketamine not only produces a rapid and robust antidepressant effect; it also puts a quick end to suicidal thinking.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has placed Ketamine Infusion Therapy on the list of the most essential medications, due to its benefits and wide margin of safety. Unlike other anesthesia or pain medications that decrease basic functions such as breathing and blood pressure, Ketamine preserves breathing, while stimulating heart rate and blood pressure. Research shows that Ketamine used in small doses via IV infusion does not lead to long-term side effects.
Clinical evidence has shown effective intravenous (IV) Ketamine infusions for the treatment of Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), Refractory Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Severe Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Migraines, and Chronic Pain conditions involving neuropathic component such as in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Fibromyalgia.
Side effects are uncommon due to safety precautions and the use of low-dose Ketamine for our infusions. Although not typical, side effects may include a mild increase in blood pressure and heart rate, light-headedness, temporary blurred vision, the sensation of “floating,” euphoria, and nausea. At our clinic, each patient is monitored continuously with each infusion; heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. You will be given medications to treat any sides effects such as nausea, for instance. Currently, there is no data documenting long-term side effects with low doses of Ketamine administered for short periods of time.
No, you do not need a referral to receive Ketamine Infusion Therapy. At Tri-Cities Infusion & Wellness Clinic, we do require all of our patients to meet with one of our licensed providers and undergo a short but thorough history and physical exam. Even though most patients will not need a referral, some patients may be asked for a written referral from their mental health or primary care provider.
The majority of providers who have extensive experience with Ketamine work in anesthesia or emergency medicine. Ketamine is a very safe medication, however, patient safety during the treatment requires a qualified and experienced provider who can respond to emergencies. Our clinic is highly specialized and you will be treated and continuously monitored by an experienced anesthesia provider.
Over 70% of patients improve their functioning and their mood rapidly after beginning ketamine treatments.