Frequently Asked Questions
KETAMINE IS AN FDA-APPROVED ANESTHETIC THAT HAS BEEN IN WIDE USE AROUND THE WORLD IN OPERATING ROOMS AND TRAUMA FIELDS FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS. KETAMINE INFUSION HAS BEEN STUDIED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT USED FOR REFRACTORY DEPRESSION, CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND MANY OTHER CONDITIONS WITH GREAT SUCCESS.
ALTHOUGH KETAMINE IS FDA APPROVED ITS USE IN THESE CONDITIONS IS “OFF-LABEL” AND IT IS CURRENTLY NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. WHILE THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS ARE HAVING SUCCESS WITH THIS TREATMENT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE OR RELIEF OF PAIN OR DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS.
Developed in the 1960’s, Ketamine is widely used as an anesthetic, dating back to the Vietnam War. Ketamine is FDA-approved only to be marketed as a surgical anesthetic, meaning that any other use of Ketamine is considered “off label”. Around 1/4th of all prescription medications sold within the United States are off label.
The science behind Ketamine is still complicated because it can affect so many different receptors within the brain. It works within the NMDA receptor of the brain, within the area responsible for the process of emotions. Ketamine also has an affinity for narcotic receptors in the rest of the brain, which many explain its usefulness when treating pain.
Ketamine has been shown to be effective against Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Major Anxiety, Chronic Pain Disorders, and Migraines, among others.
Ketamine is a real medical treatment that some doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in fifty years. Ketamine has been the subject of extensive studies at institutions like Yale, NIH, the VA, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai Medical School, and Oxford University.
Patients feel a disassociative, dream-like state come over them. While most describe it as relaxing or freeing, for others it can induce mild nausea, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in blood pressure.
At the low dose used for infusions, no. The higher doses used in operating rooms may cause hallucinations or other cognitive distortions. Those with unstable heart disease may risk aggravating these conditions when using Ketamine. To prevent any unwanted health risks, it is imperative that any patient truthfully fill out the medical questionnaire.
Around 70% of patients will experience rapid relief after a low-dose Ketamine Infusion. Some will only get partial relief, some won’t experience relief until a second or third infusion, and some will not respond to Ketamine at all.