If you suffer from chronic pain that has not responded to medication or other traditional treatment modalities, intravenous ketamine infusion therapy may be an option for you.
History of Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Ketamine has been used in medicine since the 1950s. It was used initially as a surgical anesthetic drug. There is a significant role in the use of this medication in treating multiple chronic pain conditions as well as for treatment resistant depression.
Ketamine is a neuromodulator that can alter your central nervous system and how it processes pain signals. The effects can be long lasting in many patients, and can provide weeks to months of relief. Regular maintenance sessions are recommended for optimal results. Evidence has shown that this treatment can improve quality of life in patients experiencing pain that have not responded to medication or other traditional treatment modalities.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
How It Works
Ketamine infusion therapy is a simple, non-invasive procedure. The medication is administered through an intravenous needle in your arm. Depending on your condition and the amount of ketamine you are given, you may be at the doctor’s office for several hours.
During the infusion you may experience some common temporary side effects including drowsiness, euphoria, hallucinations, mood changes, and/or nausea/vomiting. It is a safe and effective treatment, and you will be monitored by a physician throughout the entire duration of your treatment. These temporary side effects are expected to subside within hours of the infusion, while the pain relief can last over weeks to months.
Your specialist will evaluate whether you are medically appropriate for this treatment during your initial consultation.