Some Common Questions About Ketamine Treatment
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic and pain reliever used worldwide for decades. Recent research within the past two decades, helmed by some of the world’s finest medical institutions, has shown ketamine’s potential as a breakthrough treatment for mood disorders and mental health conditions.
Some doctors, such as the former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, call ketamine the “biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in decades.”
Although some have abused ketamine in illegal and illicit means, ketamine itself is very safe. When administered at a safe dose by medical professionals, it is effective with little to no side effects. Compared to other antidepressant mediations, ketamine is also very effective at treating depression and other mood disorders. Studies indicate up to 75% of patients may find relief with a series of ketamine infusions.
In some instances, there are some light side effects of ketamine infusions. Some patients report side effects like mild drowsiness, increased blood pressure, and nausea. In other cases, side effects can include vivid dreams or a sense of anxiety. That said, many patients report feelings of relaxation or ease during their infusions as well.
At NorCal Infusions, we carefully monitor every patient during their entire treatment journey to ensure they are attended to comfortably and respectfully. Infusion length can vary depending on a patient’s needs. Most people describe feelings of lightness and relaxation, sometimes referred to as “dissociation.” After an infusion, you will be unable to drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
Research shows that ketamine stimulates neurons’ growth (and regrowth) throughout the body. Ketamine influences glutamate, an important neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a vital role in both mood disorders (like depression) and chronic pain conditions.
Studies by institutions like Yale Medicine and Harvard Medical School show that ketamine is a powerful new tool for treating mood and pain disorders and substance abuse. Ketamine therapy is thought to provide relief in up to 70% of patients.
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