Incredible Health, LLC. is a wellness clinic that offers low dose ketamine infusions, along with their other wellness options.
Ketamine infusions have been used in the management of depression (unipolar, bipolar and treatment resistant depression), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, suicidality, CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)/RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), fibromyalgia, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and other chronic pain syndromes. Ketamine has not been shown to be useful in schizophrenia, psychosis or seizures. Studies at Yale, NIH (National Institutes of Health), and Mt. Sinai Medical School have shown that approximately 3 out of 4 patients will respond favorably to ketamine.
Typically, before trying ketamine, most patients will have tried many different medications. They’ll have waited months for a benefit, dealing with the interruption of life’s enjoyment, possible costs of hospital admissions and coping with side effects. It can be a very frustrating and disheartening process. As a trauma anesthesiologist, Dr. Harrison has provided care to too many patients who committed suicide or attempted suicide. With low dose ketamine, she now has the ability to offer hope to her clients and their families.
What is ketamine?
Ketamine is one of the four medications that can be used to put people to sleep for surgery (anesthesia). It was introduced into clinical practice in 1970, more than 40 years of use now. It has been valuable for anesthesia in children, which speaks to its safety. What is different about ketamine is that it is also a powerful pain killer that does not use the same pathways as opioids (narcotics). It is related to PCP and has been used as a street drug called “Special K”, but not at these controlled doses.
Using ketamine to treat psychiatric and pain syndromes is a relatively new use of ketamine. The two most important ways that ketamine acts are as a NMDA blocker and as an increase in BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor). Glutamate is one of the important chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. It has two receptors, NMDA and AMPA. By blocking NMDA, more glutamate goes to AMPA. BDNF stimulates new nerve cell growth, connections (synapses) and organization of the synapses. Ketamine seems to actually rebuild the synapses, reverse atrophy due to stress and aging, and essentially “heal” the brain. This may be where the long term benefits from ketamine come from. You can think of it like taking a tree from winter and turning it into a springtime tree with new leaves growing.
Low Dose Ketamine Infusion
Ketamine is a unique, promising and effective treatment for patients who have had stubborn syndromes. Whereas typical anti-depressants or other treatments can take months to demonstrate an effect, ketamine is fast acting. People can show benefit within 1-2 hours. In a study at Yale School of Medicine, one injected dose of ketamine alleviated the idea of suicide within an hour. There have been more than 30 clinical trials now and the list keeps growing. Based on these trials, 70-80% of people receive help from ketamine. The duration of benefit shows a lot of variability. Initially, two infusions are done to see if ketamine offers benefit for a particular individual. Assuming that there is benefit, then four additional infusions complete the series of six total infusions. After that series is completed, some people will show benefit for months. Others will come in for a monthly maintenance infusion. Some will get benefit for weeks. There is no way to predict if or how often you will require booster infusions.
Ketamine can be used along with your other prescribed treatment plans based upon approval from your physicians. Ketamine should not be thought of as a cure for depression, but rather as an addition to ongoing treatment that can help reset your baseline, relieve some suffering and hopelessness. It gives other therapies, such as oral medications and psychotherapy, a chance to progress.
If you or your loved one have suffered with psychiatric or chronic pain problems with little or no relief, ketamine infusions may help.