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.
F A Q's
What is Ketamine used for?
Ketamine has been proven to treat certain mental health conditions like treatment-resistant depression in adults, anxiety, and PTSD.
How does Ketamine Therapy work at home?
Ketamine therapy at home includes four-week mediation sessions. You dissolve the tablet under your tongue, sit quietly and listen to music for an hour.
Is at-home Ketamine therapy safe?
After four mediation sessions, almost 89% of patients saw and felt improvement in their anxiety or depression symptoms. Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication used in hospitals daily. In addition, a variant of Ketamine, Esketamine, has FDA approval for treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation.
What are the side effects of Ketamine?
Side effects of Ketamine can include euphoria, inability to say what you want to say, nightmares, and loss of attention, to name a few. However, side effects do go away quickly.