Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades, but new research shows that it is also an effective treatment for depression. At Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine in Sherman and Frisco, Texas, Oluyemi Aina, MD, offers ketamine therapy to treat depression and restore the chemical imbalances in your brain that contribute to your symptoms. Call Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about ketamine therapy and if it’s right for you.
Ketamine therapy is an effective and rapid treatment for depression. Ketamine therapy involves a low dose of the drug given through an intravenous infusion. Unlike traditional antidepressants that can take months to take effect, ketamine therapy often provides relief from depression symptoms within 24 hours. The mental health improvement continues and builds throughout a course of treatments.
Ketamine therapy is still being studied in clinical trials. However, medical researchers learned that as your body metabolizes ketamine, it targets glutamate receptors in your brain. Your brain creates new neural pathways that restore the function lost because of the chemical imbalances associated with depression.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that affects excitability and other brain functions, such as memory. It’s a critical component in your body’s ability to grow and repair cells.
Dr. Aina prescribes ketamine therapy for patients who have treatment-resistant depression. If you’ve tried many types of antidepressants and other therapies without finding relief, or if you experience intolerable side effects of traditional depression treatments, ketamine therapy could be a treatment option for you.
Dr. Aina is committed to treating the underlying condition that causes your symptoms instead of using medication to mask them. Ketamine therapy not only provides rapid relief of your depression symptoms, but also restores your brain function.
While Dr. Aina creates treatment plans to address the needs of individual patients, in most cases he prescribes a series of six ketamine infusions over the course of two or three weeks.
You’ll spend approximately two hours at Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine for each ketamine therapy session. Following a pretreatment assessment, where a member of the team checks your blood pressure, pulse, and cognitive awareness and function, your provider inserts an IV and settles you into a comfortable chair for the rest of your treatment.
Your infusion takes approximately 45 minutes. You may experience a floating sensation or drift off into a dream-like state. After your treatment is complete, you rest while the immediate effects of ketamine wear off. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about ketamine therapy and if it’s right for you, call Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.