Ketamine is an anesthetic medication traditionally used in surgery to keep you relaxed. In smaller doses, ketamine can effectively relieve symptoms of psychiatric disorders and chronic pain without the risk of side effects that some oral medications can cause.
Mesquite Valley Integrated Health uses FDA-approved ketamine infusion therapy to manage conditions like:
Ketamine therapy is especially beneficial for those with treatment-resistant depression or other psychiatric conditions that aren’t treatable with oral medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Treatment-resistant disorders may initially respond to traditional medications but become less effective over time. Low doses of ketamine can provide effective and rapid symptom relief, even when other treatments aren’t working.
How does ketamine treat psychiatric conditions?
Ketamine treats psychiatric conditions by increasing the levels of glutamate, the largest neurotransmitter in the brain.
The medication may also support the growth of new neural pathways in the brain to provide ongoing relief of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
After a series of infusions, usually three to six that are scheduled over two weeks, you may notice a significant reduction in your symptoms.
Because ketamine works directly on your brain, your treatment results are long-lasting. Often, people see their symptoms decline rapidly within their first three treatments.
What can I expect during a ketamine treatment?
During your ketamine treatment appointment at Mesquite Valley Integrated Health, you can expect to sit in a chair or lay on an exam table while the team starts an intravenous (IV) line in your arm.
While monitoring your vital signs, they slowly infuse a precise amount of ketamine into your bloodstream. Many people feel very relaxed or ‘zoned out’ during the infusion. They often report feeling warm, safe, and confident during and after their ketamine treatment.
After your infusion, you can expect to return to your usual activities. You may notice that your depression or anxiety symptoms lessen after your first infusion.
The team discusses when to schedule your next treatment session during your appointment. The number of ketamine infusions you need depends on your condition and the severity of your symptoms.
Mesquite Valley Integrated Health also works with external therapists to provide medication management services to protect your overall health and lower your risk for medication side effects and complications.
Call Mesquite Valley Integrated Health to find out if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you, or book an appointment online today.