Ketamine has been available for medical use for a long time. Initially, it started as an anesthetic used in the veterinary field. But, now, it’s more well-known for its use in human patients as a successful treatment that helps in the management of mood disorders and other mental health issues. If you’re considering this type of treatment for yourself or a loved one, you undoubtedly may have many questions. So, find out what most people ask about this innovative and effective treatment before jumping in and get the answers you need to determine whether or not this depression treatment is right for you.
A: Ketamine is a safe and effective substance that, when administered slowly and in small doses, can help to alleviate a number of symptoms associated with mental health issues. It works by helping to amplify the function of neuro passageways in the brain which are responsible for sending signals which are often negatively affected by symptoms of mental health issues.
A: Ketamine infusions can help individuals diagnosed with a number of mental health issues. These can include depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, anxiety, PTSD, stress, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and more.
A: No, ketamine infusions are just like any other IV infusion. So, if you’ve ever had an IV, you know what to expect. There is a slight pinching sensation when the needle is inserted into the skin, but otherwise, there is no pain or invasive procedure involved in this treatment.
A: Ketamine is sometimes used as an illicit way to experience a high on the streets. But, when administered in slow, guided, and controlled situations, as used in ketamine infusion therapy, ketamine is not known to be addictive.
A: Yes. However, there are some medications that may interfere with ketamine infusion treatments. Typically, these medications are benzodiazepines, which may be prescribed to patients with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, or seizure disorders. But, before ketamine treatments begin, here at Delray Integrative Medicine, each person considering this treatment will undergo a medical assessment. This assessment will help to identify if any medications you may be taking may interfere with ketamine treatment and ensure your safety before beginning.
Q: Are there side effects to ketamine infusion therapy?
A: There are not many side effects of ketamine infusion therapy. Most people won’t experience any side effects. But, there are some minimal risks for certain side effects including nausea, fatigue, paranoia, and a reduced appetite.
Q: How fast will I experience the beneficial effects of this therapy?
A: The results of ketamine infusion therapy sessions happen rather quickly. Some people experience beneficial effects only hours after treatment. But, for others, it may take a few days to start feeling better and experiencing a reduction in mental health symptoms.
Q: Do I need help getting to treatment sessions?
A: Yes, as it’s not advised that people operate heavy machinery after receiving this medication. However, you can go back to normal activity after only just one day. So, schedule a ride to and from your ketamine infusion appointment, but get back to driving the very next day!