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Ketamine, when used at high doses, is an effective anesthetic used in operating rooms. Ketamine therapy uses a low-dose nasal spray to treat medication-resistant depression. Ketamine therapy is a psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Ketamine therapy is part of a larger treatment plan. You’ll visit us in-clinic for at least one ketamine dosing session, with complete clinical supervision for the duration. Before the dosing session, you’ll receive preparatory counseling. During the session, you’ll also participate in counseling with your clinician.
You’ll be supervised by medical staff for two hours after receiving the dose. The exact dosing and treatment schedule varies from person to person. When it comes to treatment-resistant depression, patients typically receive two nasal spray doses per week for up to four weeks, then once a week for the next four weeks. After week nine, patients visit once a week or once every two weeks for a single dose.
Not every patient with a mental health or substance abuse disorder is considered a candidate for ketamine therapy. This line of treatment is often used with patients who are otherwise treatment-resistant. They’ve tried countless other antidepressant medications, only to discover those treatments are ineffective.
Patients who are dealing with medication resistant depression may be eligible. When you join the Magnified Health Systems family, you’ll undergo a thorough assessment. We’ll discuss your eligibility if our medical staff believes you may be a candidate. Generally, you’ve tried:
And you do not have any contraindications, which include:
Ketamine therapy isn’t for everyone. If a patient doesn’t respond to ketamine IV infusions, additional infusions aren’t likely to help, so other treatments are necessary.
Ketamine infusions have side effects, and for some, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, if you have a history of high blood pressure, ketamine infusions could push your blood pressure to a dangerously high level. Ketamine infusions can also cause nausea, vomiting, dissociation, and perceptual disturbances.
If you find the idea of these side effects bothersome, another treatment option may be more appropriate. We provide ketamine therapy at our treatment center in South Florida.
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