Current antidepressant medication helps alleviate symptoms in approximately half of the patients with significantly lowers rates of success in patients who have failed two or more medications. Medication treatment usually requires 6-12 weeks for titration.
Ketamine offers a chance for rapid treatment in patients who continue to suffer despite traditional treatment options. Among depression, ketamine has been shown to be helpful in treating other pain and mood disorders with similar dosing used for depression.
- Chronic Pain Disorders
Multiple clinical trials suggest that a single low dose of IV ketamine results in up to a 70% response rate in patients with treatment resistant depression.
Ketamine works by blocking the NMDA receptor which has been linked to cognition and mood disorders, chronic pain, and opioid dependence. Ketamine works in multiple different ways by modulating your mood, rewriting your brain, and affecting your pain receptors. Ketamine acts as a potent antidepressant and analgesic.
Ketamine is infused intravenously (IV) under the recommended safety parameters set and supervised by an Anesthesiologist/Pain Management Physician. Infusions are run over 1 hour while connected to vital sign monitors.
An initial cluster of 6 infusions is usually required. For maintenance, a single infusion is given every 4 to 8 weeks but some patients may see effects lasting up to 6 months.
Speak to your healthcare provider regarding if you are a candidate for Ketamine infusions including alternate treatment options. A referral will be made to our ketamine specialist to discuss further treatment.
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