Severe or Major Depression causes debilitating symptoms that interfere with a person’s life and well being. Standard treatments involve prescription medications that can have harmful side effects on the body and some are very addictive. For those patients, daily living can be excruciating and the prospect of facing the next day with the same symptoms can give them an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Luckily, there is a new treatment for Major Depression. Ketamine is that medication. Given IV, by a licensed and trained infusion specialist, Ketamine can severely reduce symptoms after the first treatment. And, you do not have to change current medications for this treatment to work. Ketamine has been shown to improve symptoms and allow patients to go back to their normal activities sooner and with more control of their symptoms.
Ketamine Infusion therapy for depression has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of Major Depression.
Patients with treatment resistant Major Depression are often desperate for relief from the feelings of sadness, lethargy, helplessness, and even suicidal thoughts. These patients have often tried months or years of medications that may have made them more tired, gain weight, or lead to other physical symptoms; talk therapy often doesn’t seem to help; and many patients have even tried electroconvulsive ECT therapy.
Ketamine is a big deal because it has been found to provide immediate relief in up to 70% of patients that have tried it. This includes patients with major depression, postpartum depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar depression, and even pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The most important point here is that Ketamine has the potential to provide immediate relief in patients that are desperate for any improvement of their mental and physical symptoms.
A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH
Ketamine has the ability to treat some patients with even “treatment resistant” major depression in a matter of minutes! 70% of patients will see some improvement in their depressive symptoms after only a single infusion. This improvement is temporary; but progressive improvement tends to be seen after several treatments. The immediate improvement after a Ketamine infusion is a a breakthrough, given that severely depressed patients have a much higher probability of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, patients such as those with postpartum depression require and benefit from rapid relief of their symptoms, so that can properly care for their infants. Patients with treatment resistant depression understand that finding the right combination of medications can take months; many of the medications cause severe side effects such as decreased libido and weight gain. Many of the newer medications are designed for patients with schizophrenia and can cause abnormal thoughts. Finally, many patients with treatment resistant depression will turn to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for relief, which carries a real risk of permanent memory loss. In comparison, ketamine represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of depression, providing immediate relief with only minor side effects. The side effects experienced usually occur only during the infusion session. Studies have not shown longterm side effects from the dose strengths and frequency of infusions used to treat depressive and pain conditions.
What is the response rate to ketamine infusion for depression?
The protocol of giving six infusions in the first two weeks. Typically three treatments the first week and three treatments the second week. Most will then follow up in the responders with the first booster about every three to four weeks later and then ongoing boosters about three to six weeks. Each treatment lasts about 40 minutes to an hour. There will be individual variances.
Ketamine infusions for $500 per infusion.
Refined over time, we perform four (4) infusions over the first two weeks (most recent clinical trials state that two infusions per week yield the highest when utilizing Ketamine). 2 weeks later followed up with a single infusion, from there, most patients require a single infusion approximately every 3-4 weeks for several months at a minimum, to sustain the benefits of Ketamine Therapy.
Financing is available.