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About Ketamine

What is
Ketamine?

Ketamine, a drug discovered in 1957, was later approved by the FDA for use in 1970 as a short acting general anesthetic. Historically, Ketamine has been widely used in a surgery setting to act as an anesthesia to patients. After decades of use, researchers began observing how Ketamine was triggering glutamate production, stimulating the brain to create new neural pathways, promoting patients to have more positive behavioral patterns and thoughts.

More recently, in seeing the optimal effects, the FDA approved Ketamine to be used as a medication for patients suffering with mental illness. It has been repurposed at a lower dose than the standard anesthetic dosage to help treat patients suffering from disorders like PTSD, depression, anxiety, or TRD.

About Ketamine

How does Ketamine work?

In sub anesthetic doses, Ketamine produces antidepressant effects to patients suffering with psychiatric disorders like Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine actually binds to the NMDA receptor, releasing a glutamate surge which then helps the brain create synaptic connections allowing a rapid antidepressant effect almost immediately or within several hours.

About Ketamine

What are the side effects?

Most side effects are transient and will resolve by the end of your infusion. This normally peaks within 40 minutes after administration and resolves within 1-2 hours.

Common side effects of Ketamine during or shortly following treatment include:

- Lightheadedness
- Feeling tired for the of the day after
  treatment
- Nausea or vomiting
- Headache
- Anxiety
- Increase in blood pressure or a fast heart rate
- Altered perception
(Things look peculiar or sound different)
- Temporary Bruising

- Feeling Dissociated
- Dizziness
- Feeling ‘ a bit drunk’
- A floating sensation

- Liver Damage

Our Treatments

Ketamine (IV) VS. SSRI

Ketamine IV Other Treatments

Relief

Within 24 Hours
Within several weeks (2-4) with daily dose

Side Effects During:

Transient
Tingling, Floating sensation, Develop nausea, Dizziness or Blurred vision only during treatment and will go away shortly after

Long Term
Nausea, Diarrhoea, Paranoia, Hypomania/ Mania, Anxiety, Dizziness Fatigue, Headache

Post Side Effects

None

Weight gain, Sleep problems, Nervousness, Psychosis, Migraine, Sexual dysfunction, Increased appetite

Frequency Of Treatment

6 sessions within 3-4 weeks shown highest efficacy

Daily Dose

Our Treatments

Key Points/Facts

*20-30% of patients who do not respond to traditional therapies (SSRI) Ketamine has been shown to benefit 70% of those patients

Easier to foretell the outcome of Ketamine vs other psychedelics used to treat psychiatric disorders

Studies have shown treatment to reduce suicidal thoughts within 24 hours of treatment.

About Ketamine

Is Ketamine addictive?

Similarly to many other pharmacological agents, Ketamine has also been used recreationally. Normally, when used recreationally, Ketamine is given intranasally and typically in higher doses than when used for the treatment of mental health disorders. The long-term use of Ketamine recreationally can lead to tolerance but not to physical dependence.

However, studies have shown that when Ketamine was administered in the clinic for the treatment of depression, there was no subsequent increased risk of abuse. Even higher doses of Ketamine than those we use in this clinic are not ‘rewarding’ per se, making it unlikely that they may cause addiction. However, to minimise risk, if you have a history of addictive disorders, this will be carefully reviewed by the psychiatrist, before a Ketamine session is organised.

About Ketamine

Can I continue taking my medication?

As someone suffering from depression or anxiety disorders, it is normal for you to be currently medicated with psychiatric drugs; however, it is important to discuss with our provider prior to treatment. Ketamine can be given while taking most medications and is expected for you to continue with your ongoing treatment. Our in house psychiatrist and medical team will review your medical history and advise you prior to any treatment if there is a need to reduce or stop any other medication that you are currently taking.