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Think You Know Ketamine? Think Again

If you’re familiar with ketamine, it may be in a negative context due to its abuse as a club drug. You may also know it as a field anesthetic used during the Vietnam War. But these days, ketamine infusions are gaining popularity as a treatment for chronic pain and as an antidepressant

Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado takes its name from the treatment, so you know the team believes in its effectiveness as a low-risk alternative to more aggressive and addictive treatments. 

As a depression treatment

As one of the most common mental health disorders in the country, depression affects more than 17 million adults, representing about 7.1% of the population. As a disorder of the brain, depression has historically been difficult to treat, often requiring months of experimental dosing of pharmacological solutions alongside psychotherapy, with mixed results.

Ketamine has gained traction in depression treatment because it’s highly effective without many of the side effects that interfere with the use of other medications. 

Why ketamine works so well is still being studied. The medication works quickly by reorganizing neural activity. Researchers at Yale University found that ketamine triggers glutamate production in your brain, helping to create new neural pathways. This process happens quickly, often within 24 hours of the first treatment, allowing patients to see faster and longer-lasting results.

Ketamine therapy remains in its early stages, but early studies are highly promising, especially among those with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. Since the medication can be delivered both by intravenous drip and as a nasal spray, treatment options are flexible. 

Treating chronic pain

Originally developed and used as a safer replacement for morphine, ketamine was designed to treat acute pain. It’s still active in the medical world as a treatment as a surgical anesthetic, but it’s also gaining favor as a potential therapy for chronic pain.

Using similar dosages as for depression, ketamine dulls immediate pain, and these low doses may also rewire your brain so you feel less pain as treatment continues.

Is ketamine right for you?

If you’re interested in learning more about ketamine and how it may improve your mental or physical health, choosing the experts at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado is the best place to start. The team will review your medical case history and examine your current health, recommending a treatment plan that’s custom-tailored to you. Call the office directly or use the online booking tool to schedule a phone consultation today.

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