KETAMINE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION
IV Ketamine treatments for treatment-resistant depression are "perhaps the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades," according to Dr. Thomas Insel, the former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been widely recognized as one of the most effective, rapidly acting and safe medications available for treatment of depression.
When patients have failed to respond to numerous medication trials, Ketamine has been found in numerous studies to help significantly with suicidal thoughts and severe depressive symptoms. Ketamine treatments for depression have been used extensively all across the United States for over the past 15 years.
How Ketamine Works
Ketamine is usually given as a single intravenous infusion over a 40 minute period.
Studies show that Ketamine produces a rapid and sustained reduction in severe depressive symptoms. Research has shown that Ketamine infusions works by blocking NMDA receptors for glutamate, a different mechanism from most modern antidepressants that operate on other targets.
Dr. Handoo sees patients both before and after IV Ketamine treatments in suite 450, located on the 4th floor of Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City.
Anesthesiologists from Mobile Anesthesia Care of Anesthesiology Associates of Kansas City administer IV ketamine treatments as a single intravenous infusion over a 40 minute period.
Most patients recover within 30 minutes of completing their Ketamine infusion and then head home, driven by a family member or friend.
Patients may not work or drive on the day of Ketamine infusions, and
must have a family member supervising them for 24 hours after
Patients cannot eat or drink after midnight on nights prior to Ketamine infusions.
IV Ketamine treatments are done on Mondays at PAKC, and most patients do IV Ketamine treatments once a week on Mondays for 6 weeks in a row, as this has been shown to produce the most beneficial, long-lasting results.
Patients interested in IV Ketamine treatments are only required to sign up for 2 Ketamine treatments, and can then decide afterwards about pursuing additional treatments. Nearly all patients have chosen to complete all 6 Ketamine treatments due to the benefits patients have noticed after 2 treatments.