Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Intravenous Ketamine Therapy is a medical treatment modality that involves the administration of the anesthetic drug Ketamine through a vein. Originally developed in the 1960s for anesthesia, Ketamine has recently gained attention for its potential in treating mental health conditions, particularly those resistant to conventional therapies.

Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 and subsequently approved for medical use in the United States in 1970. Initially utilized as a dissociative anesthetic, its unique properties, including rapid onset and a relatively favorable safety profile, have prompted exploration beyond its original applications.

Ketamine has been associated with a reduction in symptoms related to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and drug and alcohol abuse. The observed effects may last for varying durations, ranging from days to weeks or months. It is essential to acknowledge that the use of ketamine for mental health issues has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

During Intravenous Ketamine Therapy, the patient receives a controlled and slow infusion of Ketamine through an intravenous line, typically placed in the hand or arm. The rate of infusion is carefully adjusted based on the patient's needs and the specific treatment protocol. The entire session is conducted in a clinical environment to ensure patient safety.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) On Ketamine Infusion Therapy

1. What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy serves as a medical intervention for certain psychiatric conditions and cognitive enhancement, employing lower doses compared to its anesthetic usage. Administered gradually through intravenous (IV) infusion, this form of ketamine treatment avoids inducing general anesthesia and is non- FDA approved for these specific conditions.

2. Is Ketamine A Controlled Substance?

Yes, ketamine is classified as a controlled substance in many countries, including the United States. In the U.S., ketamine is categorized as a Schedule III controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This classification indicates that ketamine has recognized medical uses, but it also has the potential for abuse, leading to physical or psychological dependence.

3. What Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat?

Ketamine has been associated with a reduction in symptoms related to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and drug and alcohol abuse. Your doctor will determine if these conditions based on your medical history.

4. What Is Entailed in The Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy typically administered through a series of intravenous (IV) treatments, the number of which is tailored to individual needs. Once the treatment plan is established, a team member will insert an IV catheter into the hand or arm for ketamine administration. Depending on your health status, additional medications for nausea or other symptoms may be provided. Prior to and during the treatment, your vital signs, including blood pressure and pulse, will be regularly checked. Each IV session typically spans 40-60 minutes. Following the conclusion of the treatment, a team member will monitor you for approximately 30-60 minutes, allowing most of the medication's effects to dissipate.

5. Where Can I Get More Information On Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

If you are interested in ketamine infusion therapy, please contact Compassionate Psychiatric Services at 469-200-4093.

6. Do You Know Which Significant Cities Compassionate Psychiatric Services Offer Its Mental Health Services To?

Compassionate Psychiatric Services range from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, trauma, eating disorders to numerous other mental health conditions and are offered to all our patients in the following city locations: Dallas, The Colony, Richardson, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Prosper, Irving and Arlington.

7. What Conditions Are Treated with Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Drug and alcohol abuse.

8. What Should I Expect During IV Ketamine Administration?

Ketamine Therapy is typically administered through a series of intravenous (IV) treatments, the number of which is tailored to individual needs. Once the treatment plan is established, a team member will insert an IV catheter into the hand or arm for ketamine administration. Depending on your health status, additional medications for nausea or other symptoms may be provided. Prior to and during the treatment, your vital signs, including blood pressure and pulse, will be regularly checked. Each IV session typically spans 40-60 minutes. Following the conclusion of the treatment, a team member will monitor you for approximately 30-60 minutes, allowing most of the medication's effects to dissipate.

9. Is Ketamine Therapy Right for Me? Consider Ketamine Therapy if:

  • You have not responded well to traditional treatments.
  • You are dealing with severe depression, anxiety, mood symptoms, OCD or PTSD
  • You are looking for a rapid and potentially transformative treatment option.

To determine if you’re a candidate for Ketamine therapy, your Compassionate Psychiatric Services healthcare provider will be able to discuss your symptoms and medical history.

To learn more about Ketamine Therapy and find out if it’s the best option for your treatment-resistant depression, call the Compassionate Psychiatric Services office or schedule an appointment online today.

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