Ketamine Nasal Spray & Infusion: An Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain and Mental Illness
If you are even slightly familiar with ketamine, it is likely from its use as a street drug typical at parties. However, doctors can give ketamine infusions to treat many illnesses like chronic pain and severe depression. These infusions help patients feel like themselves again and live with less pain. Below are some reasons why ketamine infusions may be the right treatment choice. We can help you live as active and pain-free as possible using ketamine.
If you have been experiencing chronic pain or mental illness, ketamine may help relieve your symptoms and send you on the path to an improved quality of life. Our team will work with you to find out if ketamine treatment is right for you. Call us to talk with a doctor about your options, or schedule an appointment online.
Ketamine Infusions for Pain and Depression
Ketamine was first widely used on battlefields during the Vietnam War when surgeons in the field didn’t have access to other forms of anesthesia during surgical procedures. The drug was developed as an alternative to phencyclidine, otherwise known as PCP. It has been proven safe and effective as a medical anesthetic when administered properly. And unlike other anesthetics, which lower heart and breathing rates significantly, ketamine doesn’t have these effects.
Ketamine is also really effective for people with PTSD, severe depression, or other mental health conditions. And the effect on their mental health and experience of pain can last much longer. Researchers estimate that 70% of people who receive ketamine for PTSD, severe depression, or other mental health conditions experience relief long after the series of infusions is complete. In some cases, patients have experienced a reduction in symptoms for several years before requiring an additional “booster” infusion.
How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Work?
Most antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Essentially, they work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain by keeping it from being reabsorbed by the brain after it is produced. For those who have treatment-resistant depression, a different approach is necessary. Many people living with chronic pain also have treatment-resistant depression because of the cyclical relationship between their pain and mental health.
SSRIs, like Prozac, are effective for many people, but for those who have treatment-resistant depression, a different approach is necessary. Ketamine infusions can help. Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an alternative to antidepressants. It works differently than other medicines. However, unlike antidepressants, it provides relief from the symptoms of depression in two weeks or less!
How Ketamine Therapy is Delivered?
Patients with treatment-resistant depression and chronic pain, who need fast and effective relief, can receive a nasal spray called Spravato. They can also receive ketamine via an IV infusion. Both options are given in a doctor’s office, under close supervision.
You can receive ketamine in two ways. It is administered through a nasal spray called Esketamine, or an IV infusion. In each method, patients are closely monitored by a doctor.