Some 15 million adults from across the country suffer from some form of depressive disorder. The effects of depression often compromise a person’s ability to live a normal life, and many of those with the disease become disabled. While there are many medications used for the treatment of depression, it’s a sad fact that as many as two-thirds of those being treated don’t respond to traditional medications. Fortunately, those with this type of treatment-resistant depression are now being successfully treated with ketamine.
Definition of Ketamine
At its base, ketamine is a prescription drug that has traditionally been used as an anesthetic for patients about to undergo medical or dental surgery. Doctors have also found it useful as a pain killer, and ketamine has been successfully used for curbing suicidal thoughts in patients with severe mental instability who show up in emergency rooms.
Treating Depression With Ketamine
Although medical professionals are technically going “off-label” when using ketamine to treat patients with depression, many clinical trials support the evidence that this drug successfully treats those who suffer from depression when nothing else can. Doctors report that their deeply depressed patients who are treated with ketamine respond favorably, promptly or within just a few hours. No other drug used for depression has the ability to bring relief in anywhere near this amount of time. And with infusions administered in sequential weeks of time fundamental brain healing can occur. Because ketamine works differently from any other medication for depression, those who have received a measure of success using a traditional anti-depressant such as Prozac or Zoloft may continue to take that along with their ketamine treatments.
What to Expect During a Ketamine Treatment
Your ketamine infusion will be administered in a calm and peaceful atmosphere, and most patients report absolutely no discomfort from the treatment. You can expect to sit back and relax for around 40 minutes while the ketamine is administered intravenously. This is a very low dose that is administered slowly, and you are free to listen to music or read during the procedure. Those who have received this treatment rarely experience any side effects, but a bit of “dizziness” has been experienced by patients. This wears off quite readily, but you will not be allowed to drive home following your infusion.
Feel Better Today
If you have been struggling with depression that has not been relieved with traditional medications, then ketamine may be the right treatment for depression that you’ve been looking for. You deserve to feel better now, and you should start by discussing your interest in ketamine treatments with your primary mental-health provider. Your doctor may provide you with a referral for this treatment, or you may call our Neuro-Luminance Ketamine infusion Center at 855-978-0808 for more information.