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Ketamine Treatment For Depression

Ketamine Treatment for Depression Versus SSRI Drugs

Treating depression historically has been challenging, and many people often try one drug after the next to try to treat their depression.

SSRI drugs like Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Luvox, Lexapro, and others have been the most commonly used drugs for those who have depression.

However, in many cases, these drugs simply don’t work.  In fact, up to one-third to one-half of adults who battle with depression don’t respond to SSRI based antidepressant drugs.  Worse is that the side effects can be debilitating. It often takes 6+ weeks of taking these drugs to see if they work while the side effects occur immediately.  Such side effects with other drugs (known as SSRI drugs) include weight gain, loss of libido, insomnia, dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, blurred vision, dizziness, and suicidal tendencies, among others.  So why put up with delayed-onset, partially effective or ineffective outdated drugs with harmful side effects when we can help you right away?  Antidepressants must be taken every day; IV Ketamine therapy has been shown to be effective when given not daily, but monthly.

At Pacific Ketamine Institute, we see an 85% success rate with patients who treat their depression with ketamine infusion therapy.

Immediate Results

The effects of ketamine for depression treatments are immediate.  You will no longer need to wait 6 weeks to see if it’s going to be an effective treatment for you.

Lots of new research has uncovered the way that ketamine works in the brain and new studies suggest that ketamine creates a two-step process in the brain that relieves depression.  First, ketamine coaxes faulty brain circuits to function better temporarily. Then it provides a longer-term architectural fix by restoring the synaptic connections between cells in a circuit.

Our treatment plans are designed for each individual person.  Each treatment is structured to effectively find short term relief of depression while providing a long-term solution to restore and rebuild the brain’s synaptic connections that keep you feeling better and more energized.  Many of our patients tell us how they haven’t felt this way in years.

It’s not uncommon for us to hear a patient say, “I remember myself!”

Treatment Plans

The initial treatment we recommend at Pacific Ketamine Institute for new patients is to come in for 6 infusions over a 2-3 week period of time.  The recurrent administration of ketamine during this time provides a consistent application that disrupts the pathological connections that create depression while simultaneously building and restoring the connections between synapses.

After the first 6 sessions, most of our patients continue treatment with a monthly visit to provide them with a boost, and to reinforce the effects that ketamine has to help them rebuild and restore these synaptic connections in the brain that have been lost with their depression. We offer an annual subscription plan so you can keep your costs 30% lower than if you were to pay for individual ketamine infusions.  This helps to minimize the chances of having a relapse of your depression months after our last infusion.

Next Steps

If you or a loved one are thinking about how you can treat your depression, give us a call.  We will be glad to schedule a free consultation so you can learn how ketamine infusion therapy can be a game changer for you.

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