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What is Ketamine?
We are proud to offer Ketamine Infusion treatment at a reasonable rates. Ketamine is a medicine developed more than 50 years ago for anesthesia during surgery, and has been used for that purpose since that time in children, adults, and animals. Ketamine has been found to be safe and highly effective treatment for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and certain pain disorders such as fibromyalgia.
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How does Ketamine work?
Brain imaging research strongly suggest that patients suffering from depression show neurological differences from individuals who don’t have depression. Because of excess in brain chemical utilization with poor replenishing over time, meurochemicals such Serotonine become depleted and cause structural changes on a cellular level..
In depression, those changes are an imbalance of distribution in neurochemicals in the brain, and a dysfunction and change in activity in the neuronal synapses. Synapses allow neurons to communicate with each other.
Ketamine, a glutamate N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, has been shown to increase the number of synaptic connections between brain cells, which has a powerful, fast-acting effect on depression.  ketamine triggers release of neurotransmitter glutamate, which in turn stimulates growth of synapses thus increasing the number of synaptic connections between brain cells. Research at Yale has shown that damage of these synaptic connections caused by chronic stress is rapidly reversed by a single dose of ketamine.
Researchers also believe that the rapid therapeutic response of ketamine in treatment-resistant patients is the biggest breakthrough in depression research in a half century,
Because ketamine is chemically different from traditional antidepressants, it is providing new information about the neurobiology of depression, and some researchers are hopeful that it could eventually lead to a new class of antidepressants.
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Conditions treated with Ketamine.
All forms of Major Depression (including Postpartum Depression)
Specifically, Treatment Resistant Depression where several attempst to treat depression have either failled or have not shown optimal effecacy. Those treatments are medication treatments, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) and/or psychotherapy.
Bipolar Depression
Also known as Manic depression as these patients have both episodes of depression and mania. Ketamine treats the depressive episodes (not mania).

Severe Anxiety
Many patients with anxiety disorders also suffer from depression. Anxiety and depression are believed to stem from the same biological vulnerability.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD often occurs after a traumatic event such as combat exposure, sexual or physical abuse/assault, serious accidents, or natural disasters.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
Fibromyalgia and Pain Syndromes
Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome characterized by widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Patients are most often women and they also commonly suffer from anxiety and depression.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Chronic, relentless, intrusive pains which take over one's awareness and interfeering with every aspecst of one's life.

During Ketamine Treatment.
What will I experience during the infusion?
Our trained nurse will administer an intravenous. The Ketamine infusion take about an hour, with an additional half hour before discharge. Vital signs will be monitored before the treatment and every 15 minutes to ensure safety. The first 15-20 minutes are usually uneventful with no noticeable effects. At around 20 minutes, some people may experience blurry or double vision, sometimes a feeling of “lightness”, “floating”, or numbness in the extrtemities or area around the mouth. Some may also experience a mild euphoria, talkativeness, a feeling of mild disconnect, dissociation, heightened senses (more vivid background noise, colors or lights). Some describe the feeling as “odd, interesting and different”. Over the course of the next 20 minutes, these feelings will build as the medicine peaks.
Less commonly, people may experience some anxiety and headache, nausea, or sweating. These feelings start to subside approximately 10-15 minutes after the medicine is done and can last up tof 45-50 minutes. After that, most people can expect to no side effects and none between treatments
Ketamine will not put you to sleep. However, the calm and relaxed state during the treatment may cause you to drift off for a short nap.
How many infusions will be needed and how long will I feel better?
If you have a favorable response to the first two infusions, a total of six is recommended within a six week period. Thereafter, patients are placed a maintenance program where they return when they feel it necessary for a single infusion booster. During the maintenance period, the duration of relief following the initial infusions and the first booster, and between subsequent single booster infusions varies between patients. The average duration of relief between booster infusions is 3 to 4 weeks. There is no way to predict what your needs will be.
Other medications and ketamine treatment?
No medication interfere with Ketamine treatment and there is no need to stop any medications you are taking. However, certain medications, especially at high doses will need to be assessed prior to the treatment.
Are there any medical conditions that will exclude me from treatment?
Ketamine Infusion should be avoided in uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated thyroid disease, active substance abuse, current manic phase of bipolar disorder, or active psychotic (hallucinations or delusions) symptoms.
Are there any risks or addiction with ketamine therapy?
No, ketamine has been proven safe in humans for decades in and out of hospitals for pain management and battle fields for surgical anesthesia and trauma management. Those patients experience longer exposures and at much higher doses than those used to treat severe depression. Although it has been abused recreationally in high doses as a club drug or “party drug”, there is no evidence that ketamine is addictive. Studies and clinical experience have found that in the very low doses used in medical setting, and infrequent dosing, there is virtually no potential for addiction or abuse.
Efficacy of Ketamine Treatment
How do I know if the treatment worked and what should I expect?
It is possible to notice effects as soon as 40 min after the infusion, most typically starting 2-4 hours later, but sometimes taking up to 24 hours. You should not expect to wake up feeling “perfect and overjoyed”, but rather there should be a noticeable difference in feeling more hopeful, less sad, decreased thoughts of suicide, increased calmness, “weight” of depression lifted, or more inclined to engage with people. Further improvements are often seen over the course of treatment.
You will fill out depression and anxiety scales prior to the first treatment and approximately 24 hours later. This will help determine response.
How long will the results last?
A single infusion typically lasts anywhere from a couple of days up to 1-2 weeks. A series of 6 infusions may last anywhere from weeks to months, and often a single booster infusion when effects are wearing off can restore response. For those who have not had long-standing chronic depression, it may last much longer than that.