Ketamine therapy is quickly becoming a popular choice in treating symptoms of various mental health issues like depression. But, there are a number of different types of ketamine applications. Understanding each of these applications for this effective and non-invasive medication can help individuals who are considering utilizing it for their mental health treatment planning to pinpoint which application may suit their needs and expectations for results.
At Delray Center for Integrative Medicine, we believe that people struggling with the negative symptoms of mental health issues should have access to all kinds of helpful treatments – including a variety of ketamine applications. This is why we offer a number of types of ketamine treatments that differ in application. Find out the difference between the types of ketamine applications and treatments to determine which may be best for you.
In 2019, the FDA approved the use of ketamine as a mental health antidepressant. Essentially, this medication was proven effective in reducing symptoms of depression quickly, efficiently, and with long-lasting results. Unlike traditional antidepressant prescription medications that can take weeks or months to provide symptoms relief, ketamine works to provide immediate symptom relief for people diagnosed with depressive disorders. Furthermore, ketamine treatments are a great tool for people who are living with treatment-resistant depression, which is when depressive symptoms aren’t relieved through the use of traditional prescription antidepressants. Therefore, the use and administration of ketamine to help people living with these mental health issues is growing substantially, making spreading awareness of these types of treatments important for people in this community.
There are different ways to administer ketamine into the body. The different types of administration depend on the clinic you choose, your budget and insurance coverage, and how it absorbs into the body for best results. And, you can even choose ketamine treatment clinics based on your preference for administration. The types of ketamine treatments only differ by methods of administration, so they all have the same results – depressive symptom relief.
Some of the types of ketamine administrations include:
This type of ketamine administration is done through intravenous therapy, otherwise known as an IV. The medicine slowly drips into the bloodstream and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Since it is administered directly into the bloodstream, it works to provide symptom relief quickly.
This is another form of ketamine application that uses a small needle to insert the medication into the bloodstream. However, this application works to promote slower administration of the medication than intravenous injections. This means that sessions using this type of administration may take longer to receive the whole dose of medication. But, it also means that the medication that’s injected stays in the bloodstream longer – leading to longer-lasting effects.
Esketamine is derived from ketamine and offers the same effects of symptom relief for people struggling with depressive disorders. This substance works well in a spray form which can be administered with a nasal inhaler. This allows for the medication to be immediately administered under the guidance of a clinical specialist and a patient to receive immediate results.
While Delray Center for Integrative Medicine provides all types of ketamine treatment administrations, our RMOKI treatment provides a very successful approach. It involves receiving both subcutaneous and intravenous administrations of ketamine at the same time. Therefore, enhancing the effects of this medication as it allows for immediate relief and a long-lasting effect in combination. Find out more about our RMOKI approach, only available at Delray Center for Integrative Medicine and developed by Dr. Raul Rodriguez DABPN, DABAM, MRO, on our website today.