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Ketamine Infusions

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Have you tried antidepressants, counseling, and other treatments for depression without success? When you can’t find the right treatment, it’s easy to become discouraged. But there’s hope for all patients who suffer from major depressive disorder and other conditions that cause depression, like anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At INDY VITAL, the experienced medical team led by Cris Vieira, MD, offers ketamine infusion therapy to address depressive symptoms. To find out if you’re a candidate for ketamine therapy, call the Indianapolis, Indiana office today.

Ketamine Infusions Q & A

What are ketamine infusions?

Widely used as an anesthetic and to relieve chronic pain, ketamine acts on neurotransmitters in the brain. It can block pain receptors and stimulate neural pathways associated with pleasurable feelings. 

Recently, the use of ketamine to treat mental health and physical conditions has shown exciting results. Ketamine is now widely recognized as a promising depression treatment, and the FDA recently approved the first ketamine-like product for use in depressed patients. 

Which conditions can ketamine address?

Ketamine provides relief for a variety of disorders and problems, including: 

  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Ketamine can help patients who haven’t found relief with medication management or other types of therapy.

What happens during a ketamine infusion appointment?

The experienced providers at INDY VITAL deliver ketamine therapy using a butterfly needle (a slender hollow needle with wings) or a small IV catheter. The IV drip bag attaches to this tube and slowly releases the medication into your bloodstream.

Ketamine treatments usually take about 45 minutes to complete. You can relax, listen to music, read, or use your personal device during your infusion. Your provider monitors you while you receive your infusion to ensure you don’t have any unusual reactions to the treatment.

How many ketamine infusions will I need?

The INDY VITAL ketamine protocol includes a total of six infusions — treatments three times a week for two weeks. Up to 80% of patients get immediate relief from ketamine infusions. 

If you find ketamine treatment beneficial following the initial six infusions, the INDY VITAL team can recommend a maintenance schedule to prevent symptom recurrence. Many patients do well with a single ketamine infusion every 2-4 weeks. 

Should I take my antidepressants during ketamine treatment?

INDY VITAL recommends that you continue taking your antidepressant as directed by the prescribing physician. The INDY VITAL team is happy to co-manage your care with your prescribing physician to ensure that you get the maximum treatment benefit possible. 

If you get complete symptom relief with ketamine and want to discontinue antidepressants, it’s important to make that change only with the help and support of everyone on your medical care team. 

Ketamine offers renewed hope if you’re dealing with depression, chronic pain, OCD, or PTSD. Learn how this amazing treatment can change your life by calling INDY VITAL or clicking on the appointment scheduler now.