Research & FAQs
Below are a few recent clinical studies and articles about Ketamine.
- Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression – Scientific American (March 2018)
- Intravenous Ketamine for Adolescents with Treatment-Resistant Depression: An Open-Label Study – Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (July 2018)
- Ketamine for Rapid Reduction of Suicidal Thoughts in Major Depression – American Journal of Psychiatry (Dec 2017)
- The Use of Ketamine Infusions for Refractory Headaches: A Retrospective Analysis – Am Society of Anesthesiologists (Oct 2017)
- World-First Ketamine Trial Shows Promise For Geriatric Depression – American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (July 2017)
- FDA Data Support Ketamine as Depression Therapy – MedPage Today (May 2017)
- https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20050596 A Randomized Controlled Trial of Repeated Ketamine Administration for Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (January 2021)
- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6457782/ Ketamine as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder: a review (April 2019)
- https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00749203 Ketamine as a Rapid Treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (September 2008)
- https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02397889 Ketamine as a Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (March 2015)
- Ketamine in Chronic Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Review – International Anesthesia Research Society (December 2003)
Below are a few of the highlights in the media.
- From Popular Anesthetic to Antidepressant, Ketamine Isn’t the Drug You Think It Is (March 2019)
- Boys rescued from Thai cave were sedated with ketamine (April 2019)
- Is the Ketamine Boom Getting out of Hand? Scientific American (September 2018)
- From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine – NPR (June 2018)
- Ketamine For Severe Depression: ‘How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People?’ – NPR (March 2017)
- Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression -Scientific American (March 2018)
- What You Need to Know About Ketamine’s Effects – WebMD (Feb 2018)
Questions About Ketamine
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. More recently, ketamine has been found to be a valuable and highly effective treatment for major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and certain pain disorders such as fibromyalgia.
No, there is no evidence that ketamine infusion at the low doses and frequency used to treat mood disorders leads to dependence or addiction.
The dose used for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders is very low and safe. For a few minutes during the infusion itself, blood pressure and heart rate may increase. This is monitored to ensure safety.
The side effects of the low-dose ketamine infusions in our protocols are minimal and will only last about an hour or two, but may include mild drowsiness, nausea, and increased blood pressure. We will routinely administer medication for prevention of nausea. Less common side effects include vivid dreams or agitation and these can be controlled by adjusting the dosage. Many patients don’t mind the relaxed and free feeling they experience during the infusion and this feeling has been postulated to be beneficial.
Our protocol for depression is to administer six ketamine infusions over a course of 2 weeks and then maintenance infusions as needed every month to every few months after. Each infusion will take less than 1 hour. Even though you should have no residual effects on discharge, we insist that you do not drive home. For chronic pain treatment, infusions are multiple and can each last up to 4 hours.
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Your initial consultation is free.
You do not need a referral if you are going to pay out of pocket.
NOTE: While you do not need a referral from a psychiatrist or therapist, we do require pre-treatment and post-treatment evaluations by a mental health professional in order to verify the efficacy of the treatment for you, monitor your progress, and ensure a successful treatment plan.
Reimbursement policies vary widely among insurance companies. Some providers offer reimbursement for ketamine therapy. We can assist you in finding out whether or not your provider is one of them prior to your having treatment and will provide you with the necessary documents to submit to your insurer for reimbursement. We require payment at the time of treatment. Call (832) 598-5100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
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