Ketamine is a medical substance that is currently solely approved by the FDA as an anesthetic. There are calls for ketamine to be approved as a treatment for depression, as the medication – in a controlled environment – is increasingly being used successfully as a treatment for depression.
What’s more, people with depression who have been treated with Ketamine have found that their symptoms associated with depression have abated within hours. Typically, traditional anti-depressants take weeks before they start to become effective.
Ketamine was Originally Designed to be a Human Anesthetic
Ketamine was first used as anesthetic in the Vietnam War. It was found to be highly effective and fast acting. However, its potency led to concerns about long-term effects on the human body. These days ketamine is more likely to be used as an anesthetic for veterinarians, but it is still used as an anesthetic for human surgery on some occasions.
If used for non-anesthetic purposes, ketamine can cause a sense of dissociation and may temporarily alter the way a person hears and sees things, but under controlled circumstances ketamine is extremely effective at dealing with many of the debilitating conditions associated with depression.
Despite the fact that ketamine has yet to receive FDA approval, people are heading to ketamine clinics in high numbers upon the receipt of information that ketamine is highly effective as a treatment for depression. A ketamine infusion treatment session only lasts one hour and its effects are long lasting. Most people recovering from depression say they only need to visit their ketamine therapy treatment center once every two weeks.
Successful Trials Report Patients Feeling Significantly Better ‘Within Hours’
Trials have been undertaken with ketamine, and the results have concluded that around 60 to 70 percent of people with ongoing levels of severe depression responded to ketamine treatment. Many report that the debilitating sensations of depression that they have lived with for weeks, months and even years have reduced greatly within a few hours of their treatment.
It is thought that ketamine works by stimulating certain receptors in the brain. These receptors help patients regulate their moods in a more effective fashion. Patients also report being able to focus more, and achieve better quality of sleep.
Speak to Someone at the Ketamine Insitute of Michigan Today
If you’d like to speak to someone about ketamine, and how this substance can be used to treat depression, then please reach out to us at the Ketamine Institute of Michigan. We can be contacted via phone at (855) 538-2646 or you can reach out to us via email using our online contact form.