Potential Benefits Of Low Dose Ketamine Infusions

Potential Benefits Of Low Dose Ketamine Infusions

Ketamine is an anesthetic that is sometimes used for other purposes in low doses. At these doses, Ketamine Treatment for Scottsdale Arizona is safe and can be very effective. However, the high doses sometimes used by drug addicts in the form of Special K are not, so patients receiving Ketamine treatment need to be closely monitored by their doctors.

treatment of severe depression may help to improve the symptoms of depression and is even sometimes used in emergency rooms to help treat suicidal thoughts. While many medications used to help with severe depression symptoms take a long time to start showing their effects, ketamine may begin to show beneficial effects within just hours. Although doctors sometimes use this drug for depression, it still hasn't been approved by the FDA for this purpose. This means it won't be covered under insurance. The beneficial effects may last weeks after getting a Scottsdale Ketamine Infusion, so the cost is worth it to some people who haven't been getting a sufficient decrease in their symptoms through traditional antidepressives. In those who experience benefits, the effects of a six infusion series can last for months before another infusion is necessary. Ketamine doesn't actually cure depression, so it's important to use it as part of a treatment plan, rather than as the only treatment being used.

May Help Minimize Chronic Pain Symptoms

Another potential benefit from using the services Ketamine Treatment Scottsdale clinics is to limit pain. Those who don't get enough pain relief from opioids may do better with ketamine treatment. So far it appears that people who have sickle cell disease, cancer pain, chronic neuropathic pain and acute hyperalgesia may be able to get some pain relief from low-dose ketamine therapy, thereby limiting the high doses of opioids that are sometimes necessary to control this pain otherwise. This is another off-label use for ketamine, so it may not be covered by insurance.

Potential Side Effects

As with any drug or medication, there can be side effects. Lower doses tend to make the side effects less likely, but they can still occur, especially during the infusion. These symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, flushing, double vision, a dream-like state, loss of appetite and uncontrolled eye movements. After ketamine treatment, people are told not to drive or operate any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. More serious side effects include chest pain, confusion, convulsions, trouble breathing or swallowing, an irregular heartbeat and hallucinations. Prolonged high-dose usage of ketamine can cause urinary tract infections, memory loss and liver toxicity.