Ketamine is a medication used to help patients manage severe, chronic pain issues. Many patients who receive this treatment take continuous doses to help manage chronic pain, but for some patients, the doctor will administer single-dose treatment to help with short-term pain.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that acts on the central nervous system. For thousands of years, it has been used for pain relief and anesthesia. Today, it is used to treat certain chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and phantom limb pain.
Ketamine infusions have been FDA-approved since 1999 for the treatment of CRPS. Ketamine infusions have also been FDA-approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia since 2013. Ketamine infusions are not FDA-approved for the treatment of phantom limb pain; however, some practitioners use ketamine infusions for this condition.
Ketamine infusions are given as an outpatient procedure, typically over 2-3 hours. They are given by IV infusions, and patients may experience a "high" or a "low" during the infusion. It is important to have transportation home from the facility in case of any adverse events.
Ketamine infusions can be repeated every 2-4 weeks, as needed.
What Can Ketamine Be Used For?
Ketamine can be used as an anesthetic for short surgical procedures, and it can be used as the sole anesthetic for tooth removal or implant surgery. Because ketamine doesn't cause nausea or vomiting, patients can typically resume normal activities relatively quickly without having the inconvenience of nausea or feeling sick.
Once your treatment is complete, you will begin to feel better within just a few hours. Most patients even fall asleep during the procedure! Overall, most patients find relief from the following conditions after undergoing ketamine therapy:
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Work?
Ketamine work by blocking the NMDA receptors in your brain that manage pain perception. This treatment is a non-invasive infusion that is administered through an IV for just one hour. After about 30 to 60 minutes, patients begin to experience relief from their depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts. The effects last for around two weeks, although some people may experience longer-lasting benefits.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
The effects of a single ketamine infusion therapy session typically last up to two weeks. When the treatment is continued for up to six sessions, the beneficial effects are known to last for several weeks to months.
Benefits of Ketamine Therapy
When administered through an IV drip, it works quickly to control the pain receptors in the brain and body. It's also possible to receive the drug through the nose or mouth as a solution that's absorbed into the bloodstream that way.
Ketamine can be used as part of a low-dose regimen to help control symptoms of depression. Patients receiving this drug may need to stay in the hospital for up to a week for treatment since it takes a few days for the effects to be fully experienced. In addition to helping with depression, ketamine may also be prescribed to treat chronic pain syndromes that include fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Ketamine Therapy At MediPro Pain & Performance
Years ago, a doctor named Edward Domino found that ketamine offered at higher doses may knock people out, but on the other hand, lower doses create psychoactive effects. Now, it is approved by FDA to be used as anesthesia and emerging as an excellent therapy for depression and chronic pain. According to a Harvard Health blog, someone with life-threatening thoughts or acts should be immediately provided ketamine to relieve such a depressed suicidality mindset.
At MediPro Pain & Performance, we utilize a combination of ketamine and lidocaine; our IV targets several mechanisms that contribute to chronic pain. This IV is performed under the supervision of a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist. Alternatively, we offer a shorter IM series reset.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an innovative, new treatment for pain, anxiety/trauma, and depression. Research suggests that it has a "reset" effect in the area of the brain (midbrain) that processes mood and emotions. It is also involved in the signaling of physical pain. The idea is that after a Ketamine infusion, these areas reboot.
We also offer a variety of nutrient injections and special formulations to replace deficiencies or treat specific issues.
Is Ketamine Safe?
Yes, ketamine therapy is safe. Its effects are temporary and reversible, and patients can expect to feel normal within 24 hours. Only a board-certified anesthesiologist administers the medication and monitors the patient throughout the procedure. There are very few side effects, including transient nausea, dizziness, and headache.
Is Ketamine Legal?
Ketamine is classified by the DEA as a schedule III controlled substance. It is a sedative used in both human and veterinary medicine for its analgesic and anesthetic properties. Ketamine has been studied by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and efficacious in numerous surgeries and procedures.
To find out more about the healthcare services we offer at MediPro Pain & Performance, Beaverton, OR, call (503) 828-9265 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 17933 NW Evergreen Place, Ste 285, Beaverton, OR 97006.