Ketamine is a medication that has a well-established reputation for safe use in medical procedures as an anesthetic and pain reliever. Recently, it has been discovered to have promising results in treating depression, particularly in cases where other treatments have not been effective. Moreover, it has been explored for its potential benefits in treating alcoholism, substance dependencies, PTSD, and other psychiatric conditions, as well as for promoting personal growth and self-discovery.
While ketamine was initially approved by the FDA for use as an anesthetic, its use for psychiatric treatment falls under the category of “off-label” use. Despite this, the trend of administering ketamine in lower doses has gained popularity in recent years due to its reported positive effects. The way ketamine works is distinct from other psychiatric drugs, as it operates by blocking glutamate, a neurotransmitter linked to mood disorders, which helps to reset brain receptors and repair damaged connections.
Prior to undergoing ketamine-assisted therapy, a comprehensive medical and psychological assessment will be carried out to determine eligibility. The safety profile of ketamine is well established, and it has been used at higher doses for surgical anesthesia without causing respiratory depression.