If you struggle with depression or chronic pain, it can affect every aspect of your life, including your job performance, your personal relationships, and your physical health. Ketamine infusion therapy offers an alternative to opioid medications or antidepressants. Primary care specialist, Abdulhassan Saad, MD, in Dearborn, Michigan, performs safe, effective ketamine infusion therapy. To learn more about ketamine for pain or depression, call the office today, or book an appointment online.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been used safely in surgical settings since the 1970s. Ketamine is also widely used to treat chronic pain and depression.
Because it can create a trance-like state and feelings of euphoria, high doses of ketamine are sometimes used illegally as a recreational drug; however, when administered in proper doses by a licensed medical provider, ketamine infusions are safe and effective.
Ketamine is a non-opiate medication that blocks pain signals to your brain in a way that is similar to opioids, but with less risk of addiction or side effects. Low doses of ketamine can significantly reduce pain on their own. When used alongside an opioid medication, ketamine can help minimize the amount of opioid needed to relieve chronic pain conditions.
Ketamine is useful for many types of pain, such as:
Ketamine infusions can also provide pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and other conditions that cause chronic pain.
Depression is a common condition that affects an estimated 11 million adults in the US every year. If you’ve struggled with depression for an extended time, you may have tried antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, but SSRIs can take weeks or even months to be effective, and they don’t work for all patients.
Ketamine infusions, however, can quickly reduce feelings of depression, usually within 24 hours. It’s particularly helpful for patients who have suicidal thoughts. And the effects of ketamine continue for days or weeks after your infusion, so you don’t have to worry about side effects from the ongoing use of daily medications.
It isn’t yet clear exactly how ketamine works to improve your mood, but research suggests that ketamine may create new synapses, the connections between brain cells that help your brain to function optimally.
During your ketamine infusion, you’ll relax comfortably while your arm is connected to an intravenous (IV) drip that slowly administers a safe, low-level dose of ketamine into your bloodstream. Your infusion will take around 45 minutes; most patients can return to normal activities right after their appointment.
If your quality of life has been diminished by chronic depression or pain, call Abdulhassan Saad, MD today, or make an appointment online.