Ketamine historically is an induction and maintenance anesthetic that was FDA approved in 1970 and has a long history for a wide margin of safety. Although originally developed as an anesthetic, recent studies have revealed additional uses for ketamine that benefit certain psychological and pain conditions. Intravenous ketamine is the gold standard compared to oral or intranasal ketamine for treating cases of chronic pain and severe depression when other therapies have failed.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KETAMINE?
In the last 20 years, Ketamine Infusion Therapy has gradually been used more in various non-traditional ways. Treating depression is one of the ways Ketamine Infusion Therapy is being used in the medical community. In the last decade, a great deal of clinical research has been conducted by leading institutions all over the world proving IV (intravenous) ketamine’s efficacy in the treatment of these conditions; regularly reporting a 70% success rate or higher. Yale University, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Black Dog Institute are just a few of those institutions.