Some chronic pain conditions and mental or emotional disorders don’t respond to conventional treatment methods. As a dual board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who takes a comprehensive approach to pain management, Dr. Olayinka Adepitan of PainMD Associates uses cutting-edge therapies like IV ketamine treatments in her Plano, Texas, practice. Ketamine may help reduce symptoms of a variety of conditions when all other options fail to provide relief. To learn if you may be a good candidate for IV ketamine therapy, call the office or schedule a consultation online.
Ketamine is classified as an anesthetic — like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) — that has been used for the past several decades during surgical procedures for both people and in veterinary medicine. Ketamine is considered a safe anesthetic because it doesn’t reduce blood pressure or decrease your breathing rate.
Ketamine is typically injected into a specific muscle or given intravenously, as in the practice of IV ketamine therapy. In lower doses, it is known for its effectiveness at relieving pain, because it blocks the receptors in your brain that lead to painful sensations.
Physicians typically use ketamine for medical procedures such as:
In the last decade, researchers have also determined that ketamine significantly reduces the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion therapy has been proven effective for several chronic, debilitating health conditions, including:
Typically, IV ketamine therapy is a last resort when other methods of pain relief or depression treatments don’t help. Dr. Adepitan requires that all patients receive a referral from a psychiatrist before being eligible for IV ketamine treatments.
During IV ketamine therapy, the medicine goes into your body very slowly over the course of a couple of hours through an IV drip with saline. Typically, you need a series of treatments to get long-lasting pain relief or reduced symptoms from psychiatric problems. Dr. Adepitan creates a customized treatment plan based on your symptoms and monitors your progress every step of the way.
If you’ve tried other treatments for migraines, depression, or certain health conditions without success, IV ketamine therapy may be able to help you get the pain relief you need. To learn more, call PainMD Associates or schedule a consultation using the online booking system.