What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy
What are Ketamine Infusions?
Ketamine was developed in 1963 as a dissociative anesthetic. At anesthetic doses, it results in a complete loss of consciousness while preserving certain protective reflexes. Because Ketamine does not lower blood pressure or depress respiration, it became a popular general anesthetic for selective patients.
Ketamine is an FDA approved Schedule III anesthetic and has been used for decades in operating rooms all over the world.
Over the last two decades but especially over the last ten years, Ketamine has been used in sub-anesthetic doses to treat chronic pain syndromes, depression and other mood disorders.
During Ketamine infusion therapy, Ketamine is introduced into the body through an IV. The IV infusion dosage of Ketamine to treat these conditions is much less (sub-anesthetic) than required for anesthesia purposes.
What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy used to treat?
Intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion therapy has emerged as a treatment option for a variety of conditions including:
1) Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, small fiber neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
2) Psychiatric conditions including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideation, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).