Ketamine Infusion Therapy

For people with depression, even those who have previously resisted other types of treatment, ketamine infusion therapy may be a suitable aspect of a sophisticated care plan. Traditional antidepressants follow a familiar strategy; they increase the supply of a certain class of neurotransmitters within the synapses (the part of the neurons that send electrical or chemical signals). These synapses are thought to have a role in depression. Though the antidepressants may not work for some, they typically take a week or more to take effect, and some people who have previously resisted other forms of antidepressants may fail respond to such treatment at all.

As the traditional forms of treatment take a long time to take effect, it suggests that their medication-induced changes in neurotransmitters are ‘several steps’ away from the processes that are at the root of what really causes depression. Ketamine infusion therapy breaks the traditional approach, hailing the potential discovery of rapidly acting antidepressants that, work from around 6 hours, as opposed to after 6 weeks.

A means to restore pleasure-seeking behaviours

There are, however, a few potential disadvantages to ketamine infusion therapy. For one, it is administered intravenously. Second, its effects are considered transient (transitory). Third, due to its powerful effects, the client must be monitored continuously. In a study on the use of ketamine infusion therapy and its effects on patients in the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, ketamine was shown to restore pleasure-seeking behaviours in the subjects. These effects were achieved independently from the use of antidepressants, and also far ahead of them.

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A safe and secure procedure

Ketamine infusion therapy follows the following procedure:

This involves taking the client through a step-by-step explanation of how they can obtain the referrals and documents required, the various indications and contraindications contained within them. Most importantly, we will also, together with the client, determine how quickly they are likely to respond to ketamine.

The client is then educated on the various risks that are posed by ketamine. The treatment targets the neurotransmitters, which can lead to side effects, the majority of which are manageable. The client is then walked through the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy.

Whilst administering the treatment, we ensure that you, the client, will be as comfortable as possible. We administer treatment at our state-of-the art clinic that is equipped with heart monitors that also monitor respiratory status, covering all bases.

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