If you struggle with chronic pain or depression, you know how hard it is to find treatments that provide reliable and long-lasting relief. But you can overcome and recover with ketamine infusion therapy. Ken Adolph, MD, and the exceptional team at Illumma in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas, have devoted their practice to helping you find relief and move forward to heal and reclaim yourself. To learn how ketamine infusion therapy can help, schedule a free consultation by calling the office or connecting through the online booking system.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used during surgery and outpatient procedures for decades. When ketamine is administered in a low dose, however, it has a different impact. It alleviates chronic pain conditions and treats psychological disorders.
Subanesthetic doses of ketamine may be used for:
Though ketamine is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it’s used off-label to treat these conditions.
Off-label simply means that the medication is used for something other than the reason it was approved. Though that sounds ominous, off-label use is quite common and legal.
Ketamine directly targets your brain, where it works as an NMDA receptor antagonist. That means it blocks glutamate receptors. Glutamate transmits pain signals and regulates psychological conditions like depression and anxiety.
When the receptors are blocked, a cascade of chemical reactions occurs that relieve pain and improve mental health conditions. Your pain is eased as ketamine changes the way your central nervous system processes pain signals.
An initial boost in glutamate levels may be why ketamine produces quick results. For many patients, depression improves within a few hours or during their first few ketamine treatments. By comparison, antidepressants take weeks to months to work, if they work at all.
You also get long-lasting results because ketamine triggers new and stronger connections between neurons. As new neural pathways develop, your brain becomes more adaptable.
With these neural changes, you have the opportunity to leave old thoughts and problems behind and develop new habits that send you forward into a brighter future.
Ketamine is administered through an intravenous infusion. Your treatment protocol is customized to meet your needs, but most people get a series of six transfusions over 2-4 weeks.
The results from one infusion last a few days to a month. Your results last longer when you get a series of transfusions, typically providing relief for several weeks to months. As the effect starts to wear off, a single booster infusion is often enough to restore and extend your results.
If you’re being treated for a mental health condition, your infusion takes one hour. Ketamine is infused over two hours when it’s for pain relief. In both cases, you can add another hour to your total time in the office for pre-infusion preparation and recovery.
You’re constantly monitored by highly experienced health care professionals to ensure you’re safe and comfortable. During the transfusion, some people feel like they’re in a dream state or experience changes in their vision, speech, or thought processes. If that happens, your transfusion is adjusted.
Though side effects aren’t common, they can occur. Your trained professional is there to help should you develop nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or high blood pressure.
To learn more about ketamine infusion therapy, call Illumma or schedule a free consultation online today.