Ketamine Infusion Therapy: What You Need to Know

APMC offers ketamine infusion therapy in Gainesville. The main ingredient of the treatment is a medication called ketamine, which was discovered in the 1960s. It was widely used as a safe but quick-acting surgical anesthesia during the Vietnam War. Ketamine was introduced into the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines in 2015 as an injectable anesthetic medicine. 

However, recently, a published study in The American Journal of Psychiatry showed that weekly ketamine infusions were beneficial to people diagnosed with severe depression. Experts learned that ketamine was quite effective in reducing the symptoms of depression for patients who were already resistant to other treatments. 

The study’s participants reported improvements in their depression symptoms by at least 50% after receiving six ketamine infusions in one week. Thus, ketamine has been touted as an innovative treatment for depression.

 

Ketamine infusion therapy for depression

Not all patients diagnosed with depression must immediately be put on ketamine infusion therapy. This treatment is most suitable for people who are no longer responding well to other forms of treatments, such as talk therapy or antidepressants, to improve their mental health. 

Most drugs for depression usually take effect after weeks or even months of intake. But this length of time is crucial, especially for patients with suicidal tendencies. 

Other studies on the effectiveness of ketamine infusion therapy have shown that 30% of patients who are resistant to depression medications showed mood improvements post-therapy. This effect may even last for days and may have long-term benefits lasting four months after a three-week therapy. 

 

What takes place during a ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion treatment for depression and PTSD in Gainesville is administered in licensed treatment facilities with trained and skilled staff, such as Advanced Pain Medical Center. It is never done at home nor is it easily procured at pharmacies. At Advanced Pain Medical Center in Gainesville, we also offer ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD symptoms. The initial treatment is also conservative and might be dispersed into two, or three sessions within a three-week period. This is necessary for the doctor to gauge how the patient will respond to the therapy. 

Ketamine works to temporarily impact the NMDA receptors in the brain, which has been linked to depression. To be clear, however, ketamine per se has not been medically approved as an antidepressant, but its active components enantiomer and esketamine have been proven as viable clinical treatments for depression, according to a study in The Lancet of Psychiatry

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How is ketamine infusion therapy done? 

A patient who checks into a facility for ketamine infusion therapy will be injected with the medication through the vein on the back of the hand. The whole process takes 40 to 60 minutes to complete as the low dose treatment needs to gradually enter the body. 

A staff member is required to remain with the patient before, during and after the therapy. He, or she must also continually ask the patient to describe what they are experiencing and these will be logged into the patient’s records. 

The patient will also have to stay for at least an hour after the injection is complete as part of the protocol. Prior to the treatment, some facilities may need the patient to undergo a mood assessment test. 

 

What are the side effects of ketamine infusion therapy?

Some bruising may occur from the needle injection and patients may feel quite intoxicated, or ‘spaced out’ after the therapy. Some may develop hallucinations, or feel sick during the treatment. Usually, these side effects wear off after an hour. However, if the discomfort persists, the patient must inform the treatment facility immediately.

 

Learn more about Ketamine Infusion Treatment for Depression & PTSD at Advanced Pain Medical Center

If you are suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or if you know someone who can benefit from Ketamine infusion therapy, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic or to book an appointment online.

 

Our medical staff are more than happy to assist you and nurse you back to good health. For more information about ketamine infusion therapy in Gainesville and inquiries, call us at 352-508-8668.

 

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