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Ketamine is a Schedule III medication that has been used as an anesthetic since the 1960s. In recent years, it has grown in favor as an “off-label” medication for treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and anxiety.
Ketamine therapy has been shown to offer profound and transformational results that often occur after the first dose of the multi-treatment process.
What is Ketamine Therapy?
Unlike standard treatments that focus on increasing brain chemicals to improve the patient’s mood, early research indicates that Ketamine repairs neuron synapses and increases the level of glutamate in the brain. This results in more rapid improvement than what may be experienced with more common medication and therapy treatments. In science-speak, Ketamine helps normalize neuronal connections, repair atrophied neurons, and form new neural pathways that help in improving the symptoms caused by depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Ketamine works by enhancing the function of certain receptors that regulate how the brain processes thoughts and emotions.
Evidence shows that Ketamine is safe for use in people within a wide age range. It is administered in our offices under care provider supervision to ensure our patients’ safety and prevent medication abuse.
Talk to your care provider about insurance options for receiving treatment.
Will Ketamine Work For Me?
Like any mental health treatment, there are no guarantees that Ketamine will work for everybody. However, studies completed at multiple large and reputable academic institutions have shown excellent outcomes for patients who have not experienced good results with standard therapies.
This treatment is more than just medicine. It is a positive change for your life, but those changes require guidance. We know how to counsel you and will take the time to guide you to prevent any of the pitfalls while recovering from your mood disorder.
The first step is scheduling an appointment with your Certus care provider. Bring your questions, and let’s see if you are a good candidate for Ketamine treatment.
According to several research studies, use of Ketamine to treat depression can be effective for 60-80% of individuals. While Ketamine’s benefits typically last for several weeks, some patients remain symptom-free for months.
Ketamine Treatment Process
The prescribing and administering of Ketamine is done under the close supervision of your Certus care provider.
- We only prescribe and administer oral Ketamine, so you don’t have to worry about being connected to an IV like most Ketamine clinics. The oral form of Ketamine is also significantly more affordable than IV solutions.
- Ketamine treatments are administered twice weekly for four weeks, then once weekly for four weeks in our office.
- Once the Ketamine is taken, you may begin to feel the effects quickly and may include dissociative effects that are often described as relaxing and pleasant and tend to last from 60 to 90 minutes.
- You need to allow up to two hours for each treatment and have someone drive you home after treatment.
- Some patients report improvement in their symptoms after the first treatment, while others may need the entire course of treatment to realize maximum results.
Possible Side Effects
- During the treatment process, some patients experience elevated blood pressure.
- Feeling dizzy, getting a sensation of floating or flying, and blurred vision are sometimes reported.
- Hallucinations, while rare, may occur when the medication takes full effect.
- A limited number of patients report experiencing chest pain, tremors, worry, flashbacks, disorientation, and lightheadedness.
- Most side effects dissipate quickly once the full effects of the Ketamine wind down.
Certus care providers have studied the effects of Ketamine on a select group of patients who have not responded well to traditional treatments. The results have been astounding!
From Dr. Kohl: “The patients I have treated with Ketamine often have long-lost hope that they would be able to overcome their mental illnesses. I’m very excited about the results with patients who have undergone Ketamine treatment.”