Ketamine Infusions Overland Park, Kansas
Ketamine infusion is an indicated treatment method for depression disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that is found to have antidepressant capabilities when administered at low doses and constant time intervals. Ketamine infusions are performed based on the recommendation of your psychiatrist and are administered in a six-week treatment process called the “acute phase”. After six weeks, you may receive maintenance infusions per your psychiatrist’s recommendations.
In most depressive disorders, the dopamine pathways in the brain are inhibited or not properly functional. Ketamine in low doses has been implicated to aid in the creation of dopamine and other neurotransmitters that control depression in the brain and therefore, are shown to reduce symptoms of depression following infusions.
Candidates for Ketamine Infusion
Initiation of ketamine infusion treatment is based on the recommendation of a psychiatrist. Candidates include patients with persistent symptoms of depression that have not responded to other treatment options
What to Expect During Treatment
Ketamine infusions are administered over 40 minute time intervals where you will be regularly monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The amount of ketamine given will depend on your body weight and will be based on the recommendation of your referring psychiatrist. You will be placed in a relaxing environment and are encouraged to bring comfort materials of your liking to the appointment including blankets, pillows and headphones.
Risks of Ketamine Infusion
Risks associated with intravenous ketamine infusions include feelings of lightheadedness, mild hallucinations, proprioception changes, difficulty concentrating and remembering short-term information, and a temporary mild increase in blood pressure. Other rare risks associated with infusion treatment will be reviewed with you prior to your first infusion.
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