If you have tried more than two antidepressant treatments and have not responded satisfactorily, then ketamine IV infusion therapy may be for you. Though most commonly used for treatment-resistant depression, ketamine therapy in Murrieta may also offer positive results for those with chronic pain, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation. Residents in Southern California are welcomed to call BFF Medical Wellness Clinic to consult with a knowledgeable member of our team. You can also continue reading to learn more about ketamine treatment.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic developed in the 1960s. Though a Schedule III drug primarily used for anesthesia, it is sometimes used off-label to treat mood disorders like treatment-resistant depression as well as bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders.
More specifically, ketamine is a racemic mixture of two enantiomers that are mirror images of each other. It affects the central nervous system, primarily acting as an antagonist, meaning it blocks the activity of certain receptors in the brain – particularly the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors. Ketamine also interacts with other receptors and neurotransmitter systems in the brain, such as opioid receptors, serotonin receptors, and dopamine receptors, though research is ongoing.
Our ketamine IV infusion therapy begins with an assessment. Our infusion therapy doctors in Murrieta start by asking about your condition and treatments you’ve tried. They will also examine your medical history.
Typically, protocol involves around six infusions of ketamine over the course of two weeks to a month. Some people return for monthly "boosters."
Your first infusion will last about 40 minutes under the supervision of a healthcare professional. They will also use oximeters and blood pressure cuffs to monitor your vitals through the procedure. Once the infusion is over, you may feel out of it as the ketamine wears off and you will be monitored for half an hour. You should have a ride ready because you will NOT be able to drive.
Though you might be excited about the promising results of ketamine treatment, it is natural to have questions about a novel approach to an age-old problem. Though ketamine is FDA-approved as an anesthetic, its use for treating psychological disorder is off-label.
Still, the Department of Veteran Affairs’ recent guideline for screening veterans for suicide risk included recommendations for ketamine infusions to treat suicidal ideation and major depressive disorder in veterans. And there is a host of research on the topic.
Ketamine infusion therapy has had promising results with a high rate of response. In one study, 85% of patients experienced remission in their depressive symptoms.
Though ketamine therapy is delivered at low dosages, there are some common side effects including nausea, dizziness, double vision, drowsiness, and confusion. The good news is that these typically go away within a few hours.
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