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Ketamine Infusions: Migraine Treatment in Los Angeles

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How Ketamine helps treat Migraine Headaches

Looking for treatment for migraine headaches in Los Angeles? According to research that came forth at the Anesthesiology Annual Meeting of 2017, ketamine improved pain scores in patients with migraines and other refractory headaches.

It also showed that an incredible 77% of patients experienced migraine relief immediately following a ketamine infusion, with 40% of those patients experiencing long term results. Side effects and adverse events were minimal and mild.


Almost 49 million people in the United States suffer from severe to refractory forms of migraine or other forms of chronic headaches. Worldwide, this number exceeds more than a total of 1 billion people. More han 90% of people suffering from migraines are unable to work normally during their headaches. Consequently, healthcare cost and productivity loss costs are approximated to be almost as high as $36 billion annually. It has also been noted that migraines affect women almost 3 times more than men, and most people suffering from migraines are between the ages of 35-45.

Benefits of Ketamine for Migraine Headaches

There are many different symptoms of Migraines that typically include headaches with a severe pulsating pain. These painful symptoms usually last from 2-72 hours, but some patients do not get relief from pain for days or even weeks. People suffering from migraines can also have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and smell, depression or anxiety.

About 1/3rd of patients with migraine headaches experience a short period of visual disturbance that signals the onset of pain, called an aura. It is still unclear as to what causes migraines and chronic headaches, but a mixture of genetic and environmental factors are commonly believed to be the cause. Roughly 2/3rd of cases are genetic. Hormones may also play a role in migraine headaches.


Migraine treatment is pretty complex due to various symptoms and how they respond to different treatment modalities. Traditional migraine treatments focus on avoidance of triggers, resting in a quiet and dim room, and meditation. Medicines used for migraine treatment include over-the-counter opioids such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, or prescription medicines such as triptans or ergotamines.

Recent research focused on ketamine infusions for the treatment of migraines and chronic headaches shows that Ketamine can be a powerful treatment plan for migraines and can help offset migraine auras and their symptoms effectively.

Ketamine is a NMDA antagonist, which means it blocks pain pathways. ​NMDA stands for N-methyl-D-aspartate, which perpetuates pain in the central nervous system of your spinal cord and your brain. Those who have not successfully responded to nerve blocks or medications often benefit the most from Ketamine infusion therapy.

In addition, ketamine also appears to reduce the activity of glutamate, which is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. The research results have shown that ketamine infusions for the treatment of migraines and other types of chronic headaches have been pretty impressive. In one study, over 92% of patients with migraines reported greater than 50% reduction in pain. Patients with cluster headaches reported complete resolution of their pain. And for patients with non-specific headache and facial pain, over ​80% reported significant or complete resolution of their pain​. Due to study results like these, the use of ketamine infusions has become a promising new tool for the treatment of migraines, and providing migraine relief.


Next Steps

At our Beverly Hills treatment center, we provide a full analysis of your migraine stages and suggest the best Ketamine IV treatment plan for your condition.

If you or a loved one is suffering from migraines or chronic headaches, and are looking for an alternative to taking opioid drugs, please give us a call at (424) 332-5550 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how ketamine can help you treat your pain and give you a new lease on life. You don’t have to “just live with your pain” any longer. We would like to invite you to get treatment for migraines in Los Angeles at our Beverly Hills location.


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