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Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine therapy provides beneficial effects on patients with mood disorders, such as depression and Bipolar Disorder, as well as chronic neuropathic pain syndromes (CRPS, Fibromyalgia) and PTSD.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic agent that was first developed in the 1960s that is FDA approved for anesthesia in surgery and is frequently used in children and adults with an excellent safety record. More recently, Ketamine provided beneficial effects on patients with mood disorders, such as depression and Bipolar Disorder, as well as chronic neuropathic pain syndromes (CRPS, Fibromyalgia) and PTSD.

What conditions are treated with Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine therapy can be used to treat Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Depression, Post Partum Depression, Severe Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Severe Migraine, CRPS, Chronic Neuropathic Pain, and Phantom Limb Syndrome.

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  • How does it work?
    How does it work?

    Ketamine’s anesthetic effects are mediated by interactions with the NMDA, opioid, and dopamine receptors. Additionally, Ketamine interacts with the AMPA receptor, which is an important component of its antidepressant effects. Ketamine is thought to target gene expression and protein manufacture in certain brain pathways or circuits. Within hours of receiving an infusion, Ketamine starts a process of neuroplasticity which allows the brain to start healing itself, restoring brain synapses, structurally and functionally.

  • Is Ketamine therapy safe?
    Is Ketamine therapy safe?

    Yes, Ketamine has been used for decades and has a very high safety profile. There are multiples studies that demonstrate that it is both a safe and effective treatment for multiple disorders. At SRMC, we have a board-certified anesthesiologist (Dr. Hostetter) who will monitor you closely during your treatment to ensure that your vital signs remain stable and that you are safe and comfortable.


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