Ketamine infusion therapy has emerged as a promising off-label treatment for individuals diagnosed with various mental and physical health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and chronic pain disorders.
However, it is essential to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for ketamine infusion treatment before deciding to proceed. This blog will discuss the factors that make someone a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy and how to assess if it might be the right option for you.
What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine infusion therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that involves administering a series of small controlled doses of ketamine, an anesthetic medication, intravenously over several weeks based on individual needs.
The treatment has been shown to provide rapid and long-lasting positive effects on mood, reduce anxiety, and alleviate chronic pain, especially in patients who have not responded well to traditional medications or therapy.
What Conditions Can Ketamine Help With?
If you have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and have not experienced significant improvements with traditional antidepressant medications or psychotherapy, ketamine infusion therapy may provide the relief you deserve. Research has shown that ketamine can provide rapid relief for individuals with treatment-resistant depression.
Severe Anxiety, PTSD, & OCD
Ketamine infusion therapy has also shown promising results for individuals suffering from severe anxiety, and may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders and other anxiety-related mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). If you have tried conventional treatment options without success, ketamine infusion therapy may provide the relief you need to improve your mental health.
Ketamine infusion therapy is increasingly being used as a treatment option for those with bipolar disorder, particularly if they are experiencing severe depression. It can help to alleviate depressive symptoms and provide stability during manic episodes.
Who Is Not A Good Candidate For Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Before undergoing any ketamine infusion therapy, it is essential to consult with a licensed ketamine provider who will assess your individual needs and determine if ketamine therapy is the appropriate treatment option for you.
They will consider factors such as your medical history, the severity of your symptoms, treatment history, and the presence of any contraindications before deciding if ketamine therapy is the most ideal course of treatment for you.
With that said, you may qualify for ketamine infusion therapy if:
- You have attempted various medication combinations or dosages with little to no changes in symptoms
- Neither group nor individual therapy has yielded significant improvements in your condition.
- Alternative therapies, such as TMS, have not been successful for you.
- You do not possess any of the contraindications mentioned in the following section.
When To Try Other Treatment Options
There are several contraindications to ketamine infusion therapy. It may not be suitable for individuals who:
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Have been diagnosed with acute heart disease
- Have not experienced any therapeutic benefits from previous ketamine treatment or had an adverse reaction to ketamine treatment
- Have a history of substance abuse, psychosis, or increased intracranial pressure (ICP)
At New Life Ketamine, we believe that ketamine infusion therapy holds potential as an alternative treatment for individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, chronic pain disorders, and related conditions. However, it’s essential to note that this treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution and may not be suitable for everyone.
If you’re interested in exploring this innovative therapy option, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team.