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Ketamine Infusions

If you’re living with major depressive disorder, you know how difficult it can be to find a treatment plan that works well, provides relief over time, and doesn’t involve unwanted side effects.

There are two types of ketamine therapy used to treat major depression in patients who have not responded to two or more antidepressants. The first is administered intravenously. The most common and effective form of ketamine therapy is ketamine infusion IV. Most research has been done on the ketamine IV infusion method. A second method is administration via nasal spray.
Ketamine therapy is recommended by our doctors at Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management as it brings numerous benefits. Let’s see what the difference between the two methods is.

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Ketamine Infusions

If you’re living with major depressive disorder, you know how difficult it can be to find a treatment plan that works well, provides relief over time, and doesn’t involve unwanted side effects.

There are two types of ketamine therapy used to treat major depression in patients who have not responded to two or more antidepressants. The first is administered intravenously. The most common and effective form of ketamine therapy is ketamine infusion IV. Most research has been done on the ketamine IV infusion method. A second method is administration via nasal spray.
Ketamine therapy is recommended by our doctors at Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management as it brings numerous benefits. Let’s see what the difference between the two methods is.

Ketamine IV infusion

Racemic ketamine administered intravenously enters the patient’s bloodstream directly. This is called intravenous or IV ketamine. The treatment is a mixture of two mirror-image molecules called “R” and “S” ketamine. The FDA approved it decades ago for use as an anesthetic.

IV Ketamine infusion therapy is not a first-line treatment for depression. Rather, it is administered when antidepressant medications fail. Ketamine is administered via an IV infusion into the arm and takes effect immediately, although the effects can last several days to weeks. Patients typically receive a series of six infusions over a period of two to three weeks as part of an “induction phase.” Thereafter, the maintenance phase begins, during which patients typically receive another infusion every two to six weeks.

Esketamine nasal spray

Esketamine (Spravato) is administered in the form of a nasal spray. It uses only the “S” molecule and not the combination of R and S. This form of ketamine treatment is FDA approved.

Reduces inflammation

Researchers believe that ketamine affects depression in other ways as well. For example, it appears to reduce signals that trigger inflammation, which is associated with mood disorders. It also appears to facilitate communication between certain areas of the brain.

At Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management we offer ketamine infusions to treat depression and mood disorders. You can book an appointment at the nearest clinic by clicking on the schedule an appointment button. Receive the best care today.

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