Ketamine Infusion Therapy In New Jersey
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been used for decades to induce and/or maintain anesthesia in operation rooms. Discovered in the 1950s, ketamine was the safest and most efficient anesthetic at the time. As a result, the drug was used extensively for surgical anesthesia towards the end of the Vietnam War. Later, the drug found its way to the streets as an illegal party drug due to its numbing and hallucinogenic effects. Although the use of ketamine as an aesthetic has decreased over the years, the drug was recently rediscovered as a strong and highly efficient treatment for depression and other mental health disorders. Additionally, ketamine therapy is an efficient alternative for the highly-addictive opioids in the treatment of various chronic pain conditions. Termed as one of the greatest discoveries in the psychiatric field during the last 5 decades, ketamine infusion therapy has brought hope for patients suffering from treatment-resistant mood disorders across the state of New Jersey and the United States at large.
What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine infusion therapy involves administering low doses of ketamine into a patient’s bloodstream through an IV. As noted earlier, ketamine infusion therapy is used in managing various mental health illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideations, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. More and more people suffering from various forms of chronic pain syndromes are also turning to ketamine due to its strong analgesic effects.
Ketamine infusions have proven to be a big win in the psychiatric world considering that the drug has become a very effective weapon in the fight against depression which is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Although extensive research about its anti-depressive properties of ketamine is still ongoing, ketamine therapy has proven to be a more efficient and fast-acting remedy for depression symptoms as opposed to traditional depression medications.
The drug is not only effective in treating severe mood disorders but has also proven to be very effective in managing up to 70% of treatment-resistant mood disorders according to a study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Although ketamine act as a palliative, it can be used alongside other forms of treatments like psychotherapy to produce a long-term remedy for mental health disorders.
What Conditions Can Be Treated Using Ketamine Infusions?
As an FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved aesthetic, Ketamine can induce dissociative anesthesia and is commonly used during invasive body procedures. The drug is considered safe when used for anesthetic purposes. It is also considered safe when used in low harmless doses to manage chronic pain and treat common mental disorders.
IV ketamine infusion therapy can treat mental health illnesses such as PTSD, bipolar disorders, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Ketamine infusion therapy can also help manage or get rid of pain in patients suffering from a wide range of conditions including CRPS, ischemic limb pain, migraines, phantom limb pain, and other forms of chronic pain affecting the somatosensory nervous system.
Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders
Mood disorders are traditionally treated using anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI). However, these treatments tend to fall short and are not quite as effective as we’d hope. Statistics also show that between 10% and 30% of depression patients don’t respond to antidepressant treatment. As such, ketamine infusion therapy comes as a “breakthrough remedy” for mood disorders. Research shows that a single infusion can significantly alleviate symptoms of severe mood disorders within 24-hours.
Unlike traditional medications which work largely by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain, ketamine is believed to work by stimulating a broad range of receptors in the human brain which helps facilitate synaptic neuroplasticity. This process allows the brain to grow and adapt and by so doing alleviate the symptoms of depression.
Ketamine infusions for mood disorders are administered in a medical setting under the supervision of a certified nurse/qualified medical practitioner. Most patients handle the treatment quite well, but others may experience some short-term side effects like nausea and hallucinations.
The treatment involves 8 to 12 infusions administered over 3 to 4 weeks. One infusion lasts between 1 to 2 hours. Most patients report improvement after the first infusions treatment while for others it might take a few sessions for the drug to kick-in. The subsequent infusions help to prolong the positive effects experienced after the first infusion.
Advantages of Using Ketamine for Mood Disorders
- Ketamine infusion therapy works quickly which makes it more ideal for treating depression as opposed to traditional medications which can take up to two weeks to provide relief.
- Ketamine has none of the life-changing side-effects associated with anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication.
- Last but not least, ketamine offers more long term relief from depression and anxiety symptoms. Other medications have to be taken regularly to keep working.
Ketamine Treatment for Chronic Pain & Migraines
Ketamine infusion therapy is also great for chronic pain management. It relieves pain from conditions such as:
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Small fiber neuropathy
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Postoperative pain
Ketamine binds and inhibits several receptors, including the NMDA receptor. This inhibition interrupts the transduction of pain signals and allows the central pain centers to reboot. For significant reduction or complete elimination of chronic pains, several infusions are required. These infusions are considered most effective when the pain is neuropathic. In most cases, ketamine infusion therapy is used when other treatments are not showing desirable effects.
For chronic pain management, Ketamine is administered through constant rate infusion (CRI) at small doses. Usually, the treatment is often mixed with saline, lidocaine, and magnesium in an IV bag. It is infused slowly for several hours, depending on the protocols in place. The duration of the treatment depends on the severity of the conditions. However, patients continue to enjoy pain relief long after the last infusion. Studies show that these effects may last up to three months. However, patients who experience long term pain relief may need additional infusions to improve its effectiveness.
Advantages of Ketamine Treatment for Chronic Pain Management:
- Improves the analgesic effects of other drugs.
- Reduces the consumption of opioids by upt0 30%.
- Reduces the need for analgesics after abdominal surgeries.
- Provides a viable alternative to opioids in opioid-intolerant and opioid-hyper-analgesic patients.
- Enhances rehabilitation after arthroplasty.
- May decrease phantom-limb pain after amputation.
- Provides better pain management for musculoskeletal trauma compared to morphine.
- Significantly reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
- Improves spinal cord injury pain and peripheral neuropathic pain.
Is Ketamine Treatment Safe?
As an FDA recognized anesthetic, ketamine treatment is safe for use in hospitals or medical setups. However, it is a potentially dangerous drug that can cause life-threatening effects if used illicitly outside the medical setting. As such, ketamine is classified as a schedule (III) drug and should only be prescribed by a qualified medical doctor. IV Ketamine is generally considered tolerable to most people and most of its side-effects are short-term and tend to go away within a few hours after the infusion. Besides, when a patient is experiencing severe symptoms of depression, chronic pain, or suicidal thoughts, the benefits of ketamine therapy far outweigh the potential risks. Some of the common side effects of ketamine include:
- High blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Dissociation – on rare occasions, Ketamine infusions might make you have some out-of-body experiences.
- Perceptual disturbances – some people may feel like time is slowing or speeding, vivid dreams, noises, colors, blurred vision, and hallucinations.
Due to these side effects, you might need some time to recover or to your normal self after ketamine infusion. So make sure that you have someone to drive you home after the treatment. Ketamine is also known to increase blood pressure and, though rarely, can lead to psychotic tendencies. As such, it is undesirable for people with the following conditions:
- psychotic conditions like schizophrenia
- Brain tumor or lesion
- Heart disease
- Chronic substance addiction
Welcome to RestoratIV Wellness and Nutrition Center
Do you suffer from a deliberating mood disorder or chronic pain condition that won go away even after trying various treatment methods? If your answer is yes, worry no more; IV ketamine infusion therapy might just be what you have been looking for!
At RestoratIV Wellness and Nutrition Center, we offer affordable ketamine treatments for people living in New Jersey and its environs? Our mission is to provide non-addictive and non-opioid therapies for psychiatric conditions and chronic pain to help you regain control over your life and live a productive life.
Our team is committed to helping you with conditions such as bipolar disorders, anxiety, PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, as well as chronic pain. We specialize in innovative ketamine treatments, and our doctors are certified and experienced in administering ketamine infusions safely and efficiently.
Please call us today and schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists to see if you qualify for ketamine infusion therapy. You can also contact us through our website and provide your email address, and our team at RestoratIV Wellness and Nutrition Center will get back to you promptly.