What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a medication that is primarily used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It is also used off-label as a treatment for depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression. It is thought to work by increasing the levels of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the brain, which may help to improve mood. Ketamine has also been show to provide quick relief for various pain conditions including neuropathic pain.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine for Mood Disorders
Ketamine is believed to be effective in treating depression and other mood disorders due to its ability to block the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. The NMDA receptor is thought to be overactive in individuals with these disorders. By attaching to the NMDA receptor, ketamine prevents it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter. This helps to reduce the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain
It is believed that one of the leading causes of chronic pain conditions is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps chronic pain by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms.
Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders & Chronic Pain
Ketamine infusion therapy provides rapid relief, often in a matter of hours, with minimal side effects. It is a useful treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicidal ideation, providing an alternative to traditional antidepressants that may cause unwanted side effects.