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Is ketamine infusion therapy effective?
As ketamine infusions rise in popularity due to their fast and long-lasting effectiveness in treating
chronic pain and many types of mental illness, but confusion regarding its method grows. A ketamine
infusion is a type of procedure, but it is very different to undergoing a procedure from a dentist or
surgeon. As it only involves an intravenous drip (IV) and the ketamine itself, the risks involved are
considerably reduced when compared to other procedures involving heavy sedation to reduce or
prevent movement and pain.
In fact, ketamine is widely used by anaesthesiologists at high doses to sedate patients prior to
undergoing many forms of surgery. These doses are much higher than those administered to patients
receiving ketamine infusion therapy for treating psychological disorders such as major depressive
disorder and PTSD. When provided at a lower dosage level, ketamine is incredibly effective for treating
many psychiatric disorders. It is very quick to act – with symptoms markedly reduced within minutes
rather than several weeks or months – and the effects are much more long-lasting compared to
Once the IV has been placed, the ketamine infusion therapy begins and patients often experience a
significant reduction in their symptoms almost immediately. Other than the slight pinch involved with
placing an IV, there is no pain involved in receiving ketamine treatment. As this therapy is performed by
a fully qualified and experienced doctor or nurse, the risk for infection is low.
IV is used because oral and intranasal delivery have shown to be unreliable, and through these methods
the absorption levels can change drastically from patient to patient due to both environmental and
genetic variables. Therefore, IV is the preferred method of delivery.
You may not feel the effects of the ketamine infusion therapy straight away, but rather a few minutes
after delivery. Patients report a mild tingling sensation in their lips or extremities, shortly followed by a
sense of feeling heavy or just very comfortable. This is often followed by feeling as though the mind has
become detached from the body, which although strange-sounding, most patients state this feeling is
calm and relaxing, and rarely uncomfortable.
Due to the many successful trials and current ongoing treatments, ketamine infusion therapy is being
used to treat many disorders – even some that are usually treatment-resistant – such as major
depression, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress
disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fibromyalgia, and many chronic pain syndromes. Effects are
fast acting, long lasting, and many patients state they had discovered ketamine treatment much sooner.