The Biggest Breakthrough in Depression Treatment
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a well-researched, dissociative anesthetic that was approved by the FDA in 1970. Since then, ketamine has been used for pediatric and adult treatment in surgery, emergency departments, ambulances, trauma medicine, and war zones. It is a commonly used medication in veterinary medicine. The WHO lists ketamine as one of the most essential medications due to its therapeutic effects and wide margin of safety. Over the last decade, Yale University and the NHH identified additional benefits of ketamine in the treatment of mood disorders. The use of ketamine for depression has been named “the biggest discovery in mental health in decades.”
Types of Ketamine Therapy
Intravenous (IV) infusion remains the gold standard method of administration for treatments like ketamine. By receiving ketamine therapy through IV infusion, you can ensure that your body receives the ketamine effectively and rapidly. With this option, most of the ketamine itself can be absorbed by the body for peak efficiency.
A more cost effective but ultimately still effective method of delivery, intramuscular infusion involves administering the ketamine directly into the muscles. This allows for rapid relief at a more affordable price for many patients. Intramuscular infusion is not quite as effective as IV infusion but still provides great relief.
For patients on a tight budget or averse to the more intense treatment options of intravenous or intramuscular infusion, sublingual ketamine lozenges are the perfect option. They provide much of the same relief and therapeutic effects in a more convenient method of delivery.