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How Does Ketamine Ease Depression?

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Many research studies have proven the antidepressant qualities of ketamine. 

Consequently, this has paved the way for ketamine infusion therapy for individuals with treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder, bipolar depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. The treatment also provides significant relief for chronic pain in many disorders. 

Therefore, ketamine has rapidly gained popularity due to its tremendous ability to improve all of these conditions when traditional treatment options have failed.

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IV Ketamine Infusion for Depression

Depression can take a dramatic toll on your quality of life. Fortunately, with ketamine, many patients are able to experience immediate relief after a short series of low-dose infusions.

The treatment is administered intravenously and goes directly into the patient’s bloodstream. Patients typically receive a series of six infusions administered over two to three weeks. After that, patients can return for occasional booster infusions as needed as part of a long-term maintenance phase.

Ketamine IV therapy works quicker than other antidepressants, producing rapid and robust effects within hours to days of administering. 

Given what previous studies have revealed about the efficacy of ketamine in treating depression-related symptoms, the treatment has a promising and impactful role in preventing the life-threatening thoughts and acts that can lead to suicide.

How Does the Treatment Work?

Unlike previous generations of antidepressants, ketamine works by targeting the NMDA receptor in the brain and triggering the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This, in turn, stimulates the growth of synapses which is believed to repair damage to the brain.

When neurons communicate along new pathways, a patient can experience improved mood, cognition, and mental patterns. You will feel lighter, and with improvement in mood comes great functionality and a better quality of life. 

Some patients can even experience relief within hours of their first treatment. 

Reduced Inflammation

Researchers also believe that ketamine reduces signals that trigger inflammation linked to mood disorders. Many patients note a dramatic elevation in mood within a short period.

However, it is important to note that overuse and misuse of ketamine in high doses causes hallucinogenic effects. For this reason, it is only safe and effective in treating depression if administered in proper doses by a doctor.

Is Ketamine Right for Me?

Any adult who suffers moderate to severe depression with zero success after traditional treatments is a good candidate for the ketamine infusion therapy treatment.

During your initial consultation, a comprehensive evaluation, including medical history and basic lab results, will be conducted to determine if IV ketamine is safe for you.

Interested in Learning More?

Are you interested in finding out if ketamine can help you get your life back? 

Contact us today at 954-889-0211 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation and let us help you determine if IV ketamine infusion is right for you. We look forward to helping you maximize your quality of life.

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