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Innovative New Treatment for Treatment-Resistant Depression in Los Angeles

Patients are Seeing Immediate Results

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

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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.

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 at (424) 332-5550.  We will be glad to schedule a free consultation so you can learn how ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression can be a game-changer for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine Treatment

According to World Health Organization, 300 Million people across the world suffer from depression. It is estimated that almost 17.3 million adults in the United States (almost 7.1% of all adults in the country) have suffered from a depression episode at least once in their lifetime.

The total economic burden of MDD is now estimated to be $210.5 billion per year. For every dollar spent on MDD direct costs in 2010, an additional $1.90 was spent on MDD-related indirect cost.

Ketamine works unlike any other medicine. It is an NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways and reboots functions by “re-setting” nerves and triggers growth of neural pathways. In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain and a very powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. Therefore, it helps with both of the main types of pain (nerve pain and inflammatory pain) and has shown great success in the treatment of migraines, depression, anxiety, PTSD and mood disorders.

Yes, Ketamine works on the neurotransmitter glutamate that is responsible for processing information and communications within the conscious brain. Unlike other SSRI drugs for depression that treat symptoms, ketamine directly targets the nerve pathways that are directly responsible for the mood and depression causing part of the brain and resets them, thus helping even treatment resistant depression.

Yes. Please do not change your medication when you come in for your ketamine treatment. We would advise you to consult with your psychiatric practitioner before and after you talk with our Doctors. Once we have derived a unique treatment plan for you, we can then discuss how it will affect your health. Hopefully, you can start lowering your dosage as the treatment takes effect in consultation with your current psychiatrist.

It is not necessary for someone to accompany you to the treatment. You do need to arrange for transportation home afterwards, either a ride, public transportation, Uber/Lyft or walking.  It is imperative that you not drive a car or bike until the next morning.

Pacific Ketamine Institute uses MoodMonitor– a secure, reliable, easy-to-use reporting and monitoring tool – that helps us ensure the best possible outcomes for our IV ketamine treatment patients. Multiple studies have shown that frequent evaluations of a patient’s symptoms during the course of ketamine treatment improve long-term outcomes.

Unlike most traditional drugs, effects of ketamine are almost immediate. Most of our patients notice improvement as soon as 3-4 hours after their first ketamine session. Many patients see an immediate effect while they are having their treatment.

You will have to consult your insurance company for this. You can learn more about insurance coverage and ketamine treatments here.

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