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ketamine for depression

ketamine for depression

Ketamine for depression is science-backed and proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression in 55–70% of patients—even those who have failed to respond to traditional depression treatments. Could ketamine therapy be the solution you’ve been looking for?

Ketamine for depression has emerged as one of the most effective depression treatments available in the market today. Yale researchers first observed the mental health benefits of ketamine in the early 1990s, and their discovery has completely changed the way the scientific and medical communities understand and treat depression.

Today, ketamine therapy is well-known and trusted as an effective depression treatment. Not only does ketamine for depression work for a majority of patients, but it also works rapidly—most patients experience relief immediately following their first infusion, with sustained positive results for up to 6-months following the initial series of ketamine infusions. Ketamine therapy has minimal side effects and, when administered by a medical professional in a clinical setting, is very safe. There’s a reason why ketamine is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medications! 

Ketamine therapy is an effective treatment for many types of depression:

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major depression

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bipolar depression

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seasonal affective disorder

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situational depression (grief)

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postpartum depression

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treatment-resistant depression

ketamine for depression | by the numbers


percentage of patients with severe treatment-resistant depression who experience sustained relief with ketamine therapy*

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frequently asked questions about ketamine for depression

If you have questions about ketamine therapy, you are not alone. Below are answers to some of the questions we get asked most frequently about ketamine for depression.

how does ketamine for depression work?

While research is still ongoing, studies have shown that ketamine works to repair damaged neural pathways in the brain, thus relieving the symptoms of depression. Unlike traditional antidepressant medications that work by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, ketamine therapy works on the glutamate system—it’s a whole new way of treating depression, and it has proven to be fast, effective, and safe. 

how often do I need to receive ketamine therapy?

Initially, we recommend a series of 4–6 infusions over the course of two weeks. After that, you will receive maintenance infusions based on your needs. Some patients visit us for monthly infusions, while others go 6-months or longer between maintenance infusions. Some patients find that ketamine therapy lifts their symptoms enough for them to maintain their symptoms with traditional therapies, like antidepressant medications, talk therapy, exercise, meditation, and other self-care practices.

how long does a ketamine infusion take?

Ketamine for depression is administered via IV infusion over a period of about 40–60 minutes. After your infusion, we will monitor your vitals before discharging you into the care of a friend or loved one. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until the next day.

what are the side effects of ketamine therapy?

The side effects of a ketamine infusion are generally mild. Nausea is one of the more common side effect, and we are equipped to administer anti-nausea medication in tandem with your ketamine drip. Other side effects include dizziness, fuzzy vision, a sense of floating, or mild, non-threatening hallucinations. These side effects typically wear off within 1–2 hours of a ketamine infusion.

how long will it take to know whether ketamine works for me?
This is one of the most beautiful aspects of ketamine for depression:  unlike traditional SSRI antidepressants, which can take weeks or months to kick in, patients often feel better within 1-2 infusions. Ketamine works rapidly. 
who is a candidate for ketamine therapy?
Ketamine infusions are not appropriate for everyone. Get in touch with Satori Clinic today to determine whether you are a candidate for ketamine treatments.

learn more about ketamine for depression

Below are some of the most recent blogs we’ve written on the topic of ketamine for depression. We encourage you to explore these articles to gain a better understanding of how ketamine therapy works to treat depression.

What should you know about Ketamine therapy? Part 2: Patient Perspective

What should you know about Ketamine therapy? Part 2: Patient Perspective

The most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients and broader community revolve around the patient experience during a ketamine infusion. What is it like during the infusion? How long will it take? When will I feel better? We believe ketamine is remarkable medicine that can ease pain and suffering. After seeing all types of patients for all kinds of reasons, we know that for some patients, ketamine is the best fit.

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