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 was recently featured on Fox 4 News discussing IV ketamine treatments for treatment-resistant depression.