Over the past decade, Ketamine has emerged as a highly-effective medication in the treatment of depression that works fast and is effective at treating both treatment-resistant depression, as well as suicidal ideation and PTSD – usually with little or no side effects.
Delivered via IV infusion, Ketamine has been shown in multiple studies to alleviate depression in as quickly as a few hours post-infusion in some patients. Many patients report cessation of suicidal thoughts after receiving just one infusion of Ketamine! Most people require 6-12 infusions for a full antidepressant effect.
Ketamine has been shown to alleviate depression via a different mechanism of action than conventional antidepressants. In fact, studies have shown that Ketamine “re-balances” certain neurotransmitters in the brain that have been found to be out of balance in patients who suffer with depression, obsessive thoughts, anxiety and suicidal thinking.
It has been known for years that people who suffer from long-standing depression show slowing in the frontal part of the brain that is associated with loss and atrophy of neurons. Ketamine has been shown to regenerate atrophied neurons and also starts a process called “Neurogenesis” or the re-growth of neurons in the brain. Ketamine also causes re-vascularization of neurons that have atrophied in the brain. These findings are believed to be how Ketamine treats depression so effectively.
Ketamine is a safe medication when administered in a certified surgicenter under the care of both a psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist or Licenced Infusion Nurse as patients need to be monitored both during and following the infusion.
What Can I Expect During My Infusion?
- On the day of the Ketamine infusion, please do not eat or drink anything 2-4 hours prior to the infusion.
- Upon arrival to the surgicenter, you will be greeted by staff and given paperwork to fill out.
- Following that, you will be guided to the Surgi Suite where the infusion will take place.
- An IV will be started and you will be given Oxygen throughout the procedure. You will also be monitored the whole time by continuous EKG, blood pressure and respiration monitors.
- A typical infusion usually lasts about 45 – 60 minutes.
- A minority of patients feel slightly nauseous following the infusion, in which case you may receive anti-nausea medication. This usually resolves quickly. Wearing eyeshades during the infusion may prevent this.
- Following the infusion, you should be accompanied home by someone as you may feel tired.
- You may resume a normal diet and continue to take any prescription medications.
- Our recommendation is to remain calm and relaxed for the rest of the day!
Ketamine Infusion Sites:
Please call (646) 640-7801 for more information about being evaluated for Ketamine.
370 Lexington Ave STE 500
New York, N.Y. 10168
15 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10600