Ketamine has demonstrated great potential for patients with treatment resistant mood disorders including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation as well as certain pain disorders
Over the years, ketamine has demonstrated great potential for patients with treatment resistant mood disorders including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation as well as certain pain disorders. Ketamine was synthesized in the 1960s and is used regularly to induce and maintain anesthesia, including procedural sedation in both children and adults.
In 2000, the first double-blind, placebo-controlled study on ketamine use for the treatment of depression concluded that patients treated with ketamine showed a significant decline in depressive symptoms when compared to placebo.1
More recently, a compelling amount of evidence suggests that in sub-anesthetic doses, ketamine infusions can restore the damaged brain pathways known to cause mood disorders.2
At Ketamine Wellness Clinic of Orange County we have documented that 70% – 80% of our patients report improved symptoms within hours of ketamine IV therapy. One key benefit of ketamine therapy is that it works quickly. Suicidal thoughts tend to subside within 4 – 24 hours after ketamine IV therapy.
If you have exhausted all current treatment options, especially with depression therapy, ketamine infusion therapy may be a great next step. Intravenous (IV) administration is 100% bioavailable and considered the ideal route of administration.
You can call us anytime at 949.392.0159 to learn more about ketamine IV therapy. Each patient’s situation is unique and we would welcome a conversation with you about the appropriateness of therapy.
1. Antidepressant effects of ketamine in depressed patients.
2. Practical application of the neuroregenerative properties of ketamine: real world treatment experience.