Ketamine Infusions are an effective alternative therapy used to help those who suffer from Major Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, CRPS, and many other conditions. Perhaps you are like many people across the United States who have battled Depression or Anxiety or other mental or emotional conditions without finding relief from standard therapies and treatments. Conventional medicines for these conditions are not good, long-term options. As with all medications, traditional meds prescribed for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and CRPS are meant to be used for short periods of time. The longer medication is used, the greater the risk for dependency and for higher doses to continually be given. This creates a dangerous cycle for patients, and it does not offer relief from their conditions.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that temporarily takes over specific chemical receptors in the brain. This treatment can help people suffering from many different chronic and severe conditions find the help they need. To find out if you are a good candidate answer these questions:
· Do you suffer from depression?
· Have you been diagnosed with any of the following: Major Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD?
· Do you have chronic pain?
· Have you been diagnosed with any of the following pain syndromes: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Neuropathic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, TMJ syndrome, chronic back/musculoskeletal pain?
· Have you been resistant to standard therapies or intolerant to their side effects?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact Mindquest Labs to schedule a no-cost phone consultation with our Dr. Amanda Itzkoff. Dr. Itzkoff will speak with you to determine if you meet “essential medical needs."
Traditional drugs often take days or weeks for them to start working, whereas Ketamine works almost instantly. As a result, this is a very appealing option for those diagnosed with depression.
If you are considering Ketamine infusions and are nervous about the process, here is what you can expect:
Your first step will be to schedule a consultation. At the consultation, your doctor will review your medical history, any information referred from other medical providers, and answer the questions you might have. To conclude the consultation, a treatment protocol will be put together by your doctor which includes the Ketamine dosage amount, rate, and duration.
When it is time for you to have your infusion, you will be brought into a private room where you will be made comfortable and you can start to relax. You will be connected to monitors that will track your vital signs throughout the entire process. A small needle will then be inserted into a vein in your arm and connected to an IV. This is how the ketamine will be administered. Plan for your treatment to take about 45-60 minutes to complete.
Once the treatment starts, you may feel the cool liquid from the IV enter your bloodstream. You will almost instantly start to feel a deep sense of relaxation. Beyond the deep state of relaxation, you may experience some out-of-body sensations. This is due to your mind being active but you will not have much sensation throughout your body. You may also feel as though you are slightly inebriated but in a happy, euphoric, weight lifted off your shoulders kind of way. After the treatment ends, you will be able to relax for a while before having someone drive you home.
Many people get nervous about the side effects they may experience when getting a Ketamine infusion. They think that what they will experience is similar to how the drug acts when taken recreationally. Due to the controlled environment and predetermined treatment plan, this will not be the case. What is explained above is typical of what you can expect to experience, so there is no need to be concerned about extreme side effects.
Remember that the goal of your ketamine infusion is to empower you to achieve relieved symptoms of depression. There is no need to be worried about the process. This is an opportunity for you to relax and remove yourself from any sensations of pain, may they be physical or mental.
When being used as a treatment for mental illness, ketamine is administered one of two ways either as a nasal spray or in a small dose which is administered by IV. At MIndquest Labs, we administer ketamine by infusion so we can better regulate the amount in the patient’s system at any given time, reducing the risk of side effects. Ketamine infusion therapy is a simple procedure conducted under the close medical supervision of a licensed practitioner. The procedure time varies by individual, but a typical ketamine appointment will last between one and two hours. Ketamine infusions are typically recommended as a course of up to six treatments administered over a two-week period of time.
The patient is placed in a relaxing atmosphere and receives the medication as an intravenous infusion. The practitioner monitors the patient’s treatment experience to ensure comfort and safety at all times. Patients are welcome to bring a book to read, headphones to listen to music, or even a sketchbook to draw art in during the infusion if they so choose.
There are no known long-term side effects of ketamine. Ketamine is well known to be a very safe drug that is used around the world as a safe surgical anesthetic. In some cases, ketamine can cause feelings of drowsiness or nausea, but once the ketamine has completely left your system, you shouldn’t feel any lasting effects. If a patient does start to feel sick or uneasy, the provider or infusion nurse can reduce the drip rate to ensure optimal comfort for the patient.
At this time, ketamine delivered by infusion has not received FDA approval, despite infusion therapy being safer and more controlled than nasal spray delivery. As a result, ketamine infusion therapy is offered only as a cash pay treatment. However, because Mindquest Labs believes that everyone deserves the pinnacle of high-quality care regardless of financial standing, we offer flexible payment plans to patients who need them. If you would like to discuss the price of ketamine infusion please reach out to us at 973-207-5228.
We don’t have to look far to find descriptions of the cost of war according to notable figures throughout history. If we asked the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, he would explain how winning a war is not winning at all because “once you hear all the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.” It’s through quotes like these that we, as civilians, can begin to grasp the total cost of war, how difficult it is for soldiers to experience it, and how—sometimes—it’s even harder for soldiers to survive the memories of war than the actual war itself.
Each year in America, the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers treat veterans suffering from any number of illnesses and conditions. Among the more commonly treated conditions is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD, which causes dramatic emotional instability, can make living a civilian life impossible for former soldiers.
Unfortunately, each war brings a new wave of veterans who were fortunate enough to survive physically, but perhaps not emotionally. Roughly 15% of Veterans who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are diagnosed with PTSD in a given year. For Gulf War Veterans, that number is 12%. For Vietnam Veterans, that number was up to 30% back in the 1980s.
Traditionally, PTSD has been treated through a combination of talk therapy and medications which included selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants like Prozac, and antipsychotics for more severe cases. Unfortunately, though, SSRI treatments alone are usually only effective 40% of the time. They also typically take weeks or months before any beneficial changes are noticeable. This means that many of our veterans with PTSD are left with little to no effective relief, at all.
However, in the last decade, sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine have proven to be an effective treatment for a number of mental health conditions including PTSD. When compared to the weeks of waiting that SSRIs are notorious for, effective ketamine treatment is usually noticeable by the doctor or their patient within the first or second infusion. This makes it the fastest-acting antidepressants available today.
Instead of affecting serotonin, ketamine operates through the glutamate system and has a powerful effect on memory and learning. In fact, research has shown that the use of ketamine actually causes the brain to replace old spinal dendrites—the “roads” that help form memories—with new, leaner, more energy-efficient ones. This leads to patients being able to effectively re-learn how to respond to older painful memories, leading to a healthier and more productive civilian life.
Fortunately for our veterans, ketamine was added to the available treatment options at select VA hospitals as of December 2018. This means many of them will be able to find relief and can begin to live a happy and productive life, again. For those who live in areas where the VA does not offer ketamine infusions, clinics like Mindquest Labs are available.