Safe and Effective with Immediate Results
Ketamine is a safe and effective medication in the treatment of depression, various other mood disorders, as well as chronic pain. Ketamine was first, and still is, an important human general anesthetic agent. It has been used in hospitals for the past five decades and has a proven record of safety. More recently it is being used to treat moderate to severe depression/anxiety, neuropathic pain, and PTSD. The small doses and methods of administration used to treat mental health issues differ greatly from those used in hospitals.
85% Success Rate with Ketamine IV Therapy
Unlike traditional antidepressant drugs used for depression which often take 6 or more weeks to work, ketamine does not change hormone balances in the brain as other antidepressants do, and as a result, the effect of ketamine infusion therapy is immediate.
Between 30 and 50 percent of people struggling with depression never respond to common pharmaceutical treatment. For those who do respond to antidepressants, they can require up to eight weeks for the drugs to reach theraputic effect.
Some patients try several medications concurrently and still, the doses do not provide relief from depression. However, Ketamine infusion therapy works quickly, at times even in a few hours, to produce significant relief from depression symptoms. Most patients get relief within one or two days, even after the first infusion!
Also, the benefits of ketamine include providing quick relief from depression without the unpleasant side effects associated with antidepressant medications. 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 So why put up with delayed-onset, partially effective or ineffective outdated drugs with harmful side effects when we can help you right away?
How does Ketamine Work Physiologically?
Ketamine works differently from other antidepressants.
You probably have heard of drugs like Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Luvox, Lexapro and others. Everyone has heard of Prozac. These drugs work on the neurotransmitter serotonin. They are called SSRI drugs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Ketamine works differently. It works on the neurotransmitter glutamate that is responsible for processing information and communications within the conscious brain.
Researchers believe this is what causes ketamine users to feel disconnected from their surroundings and less sensitive to physical pain – thus providing support for why Ketamine is an effective anesthetic.
What You Should Know about Ketamine IV Therapy
At Pacific Ketamine Institute, we recognize Ketamine as the safest, quickest and most effective option to treat depression. Patients need to know that only qualified health providers will be performing ketamine infusion therapy, and at Pacific Ketamine Institute, our Doctors and healthcare professionals have over 50 combined years in leading medical care treating patients with pain and depression.
During your ketamine infusions, we will monitor your treatment process carefully in order to minimize the chances of any side effects.