Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine Infusion
Ketamine is a medication that has been found to be beneficial in treating various types of conditions such as chronic pain, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. It was first developed in 1962 as a surgical anesthetic but has more recently been approved by the FDA for other uses as well. Ketamine is such an effective and beneficial medication that it is one of the most essential medicines according to the World Health Organization. While use for conditions other than an anesthesia medication is considered “off-label”, it is not abnormal to be prescribed an “off-label” medication. In fact, almost 25% of the medications prescribed are considered “off-label”.
Scientists have studied Ketamine as a means to stimulate neuron growth in the brain, sometimes in as little as one hour. Neurotransmitter glutamate is the key substance being studied as it plays a crucial role in neural activation. There are many more benefits of Ketamine being discovered as scientists continue to study this innovative medication. It is also an inflammatory that can have long-lasting, beneficial effects in many other areas as well. The full potential is yet to be discovered, but Ketamine is a cutting-edge, unique treatment method with many positive uses in the field of medicine.
Some patients will begin to feel relief immediately, even during the IV infusion. Others may notice a decrease in mood swings or pain levels within a day or two after receiving the infusion.
Patients are awake during the entire infusion process. Some patients report feeling a little drowsy during the treatment but the dosage is not high enough to put you to sleep.
Some drugs may reduce the effectiveness of Ketamine infusions. Consult with professionals and discuss what drugs you take, both legal and illegal, before undergoing treatment. We can work with your physician during this time to coordinate care and achieve the best possible results.
Treatment timeframes will vary depending upon the history of each patient. While you will experience relief from symptoms after just one treatment, additional treatments are required for an extended period of time. Those individuals with chronic conditions require a different process as the length of time between treatments is extended in order to stretch the remission time. Additional methods can be used in conjunction to promote wellness during the times between infusions.
Commonly reported side effects after a Ketamine infusion include nausea, drowsiness, and increase blood pressure. These symptoms reside shortly after the infusion, lasting only an hour at most. Medical professionals are on hand to monitor your vitals throughout the procedure. Some extreme side effects such as vivid dreams, agitation, or mood swings may occur in rare instances. Adjusting the dosage of your Ketamine infusion will alleviate these extreme side effects.
Ketamine is usually given in such low doses that no risks have been noted. When used in operating rooms, higher doses of Ketamine have been known to cause hallucinations. Be sure to note your total health history as those with heart disease could be at risk to aggravate compounding their condition further with Ketamine usage. For your health and safety, please be honest when filling out all medical forms to be sure you are able to receive the Ketamine treatments.