What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy has rapid antidepressant effects for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression (TRD). When standardized treatments for depression do not work, this latest modality may be prescribed and administered. The administration of ketamine takes place in a controlled and monitored environment. Once patients have received ketamine and completed their session at one of our outpatient centers around Florida, a registered nurse will monitor them for the next hour or so. This process ensures that they respond well to the IV and that no adverse effects are experienced. 

Those who were administered repeated ketamine treatment and completed their sessions reported a significant difference in their symptoms. Ketamine is administered through an IV infusion, with each session lasting about 45 minutes. Patients may receive anywhere between six ketamine infusions and eight. Even just single infusions can affect easing symptoms, allowing patients to feel an overwhelming sense of relief. 

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Ketamine Treatments for Major Depression

If you are experiencing a depression symptom, the therapy provides almost immediate relief. Patients who have undergone the therapy report that their symptoms and feelings of depression have significantly improved. With a positive response rate, ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant depression and other depressive disorders and mood disorders is the latest in the management of depression. 

Other disorders and symptoms that ketamine administrations can help with include:

  • Mood disorders
  • Severe depression 
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Lessen suicidal ideation
  • Helped those with major depression
  • Beneficial neurocognitive effects
  • Improve cognitive function by repairing brain connectors
  • Substance abuse (drug or alcohol addiction)

The therapy mitigates the symptoms that are often experienced by those with TRD. TRD patients reported lessened and even no thoughts about suicidal ideation, further proving the efficacy of ketamine therapy. 

Once a patient assessment is completed, the type of ketamine therapy best for you will be determined. The two main types of ketamine administrations include:

  • IV Infusion Therapy via 6-8 infusion treatments
  • Nasal spray – SPRAVATO® (as-ketamine), FDA approved 

Patients must undergo an in-depth assessment to determine whether they are good candidates for this form of therapy. Blood tests and a urinary analysis will be conducted to ensure the patient does not have any other substances in their system. If patients meet all of the requirements for ketamine therapy, they may begin their first session at one of WhiteSands outpatient offices. 

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WhiteSands Offers Ketamine Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Our addiction treatment facility now offers Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant depression. We have successfully helped many depressed patients overcome, manage, and repair their symptoms, and we are confident that we can help you too. Through a series of infusion treatments, patients can look forward to relieving the mood or depressive disorder that has controlled their lives. The effects of repeated ketamine infusions are highly effective in alleviating symptoms, and once patients have completed their six to eight infusions, they feel remarkably better both emotionally and physically. 

Remission rates for those who have had intravenous ketamine are low, which speaks to the efficacy of ketamine therapy. Our Department of Psychiatry is an advocate of the therapy, as the role of ketamine has played an influential one in the lives of those struggling with treatment-resistant depression.

If you have tried the conventional treatment for your depressive disorder and have not experienced results get in touch with WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today. TRD patients are encouraged to call and speak with our team about their therapy options. Our team will discuss the efficacy of ketamine in former patients and explain how their disorders have been significantly improved with rapid antidepressant outcomes with the introduction of ketamine infusion therapy. 

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

Jackie has been involved in the substance abuse and addiction treatment sector for over five years and this is something that she is truly eager about. She has a passion for writing and continuously works to create informative pieces that not only educate and inform the public about the disease of addiction but also provide solutions for those who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.