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Ketamine Treatment for PTSD

Looking for relief from PTSD symptoms? IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help.

Research shows that experiencing severe trauma or loss can trigger high levels of stress that change the brain. Whether you are a military veteran that served in a war or an abuse survivor, exposure to extreme trauma can affect you at an emotional level and also change your brain chemistry. When this occurs, you may also experience symptoms of depression that lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

People with PTSD have chemical imbalances in the brain that trigger symptoms such as fear, extreme anxiety, and even emotional detachment. Former treatment options have included a combination of talk therapy, or psychotherapy, and antidepressants. Now, there’s an alternative solution available for PTSD sufferers: IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy.


A Powerful Alternative to Antidepressants

Some of the most commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of PTSD are SSRIs and SNRIs —  antidepressants that can help to regulate the mood. Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Effexor are examples of antidepressants that have been deemed the most effective for treating PTSD, according to the National Center for PTSD. However, these medications are not without side effects and some people can develop a dependency on them.

Ketamine for PTSD can provide relief from many PTSD symptoms, such as anxiety, loneliness, and loss of interest in pleasurable activities. Ketamine Infusion Therapy works quickly since it is administered intravenously — some patients notice a difference within a few hours.

If traditional PTSD treatment methods are not working or you are simply looking for an alternative to prescription drugs, try Ketamine Treatment for PTSD.

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and as an analgesic during surgery, to treat emergency room cases, and to treat severe burns. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1970 and in the last 20 years, has been used in non-traditional ways to treat depression and mood disorders.  Many PTSD symptoms include depression and symptoms of other mood disorders which is one reason Ketamine Therapy can be so effective.

Benefits of Ketamine Therapy for PTSD

Suffering from PTSD can take its toll on your well-being and also affect friends, family, and others around you. War veterans often struggle to get a good night’s sleep because anxiety and flashbacks can cause nightmares. Those who have survived a traumatic situation may also experience flashbacks or get depressed for no apparent reason because of all the chemical changes occurring in the brain.

Ketamine Therapy can work to change all that by balancing your mood and reducing — even eliminating — PTSD symptoms.

How Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders Works

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles administers ketamine intravenously, the only scientifically proven administration method. PTSD sufferers undergo a full course of therapy that consists of a series of 6 infusions administered over 2-3 weeks. Each treatment session lasts approximately 50 to 55 minutes and many patients report a difference in mood within a few hours. Over 80% of patients undergoing Ketamine Therapy for treatment-resistant depression and other mood disorders like PTSD experience substantial relief with infusion therapy.

Undergoing Ketamine Therapy for PTSD

When you start Ketamine Therapy for PTSD, you’ll be closely monitored by Dr. Mandel, a board-certified anesthesiologist who also has a master’s degree in psychology, and our team of highly experienced nurses. You’ll settle in a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment while we monitor your pulse, oxygen level, blood pressure, and other vitals before administering the infusion. Our facility is equipped with hospital grade equipment and you will have a medical professional monitoring you the entire time.  

Most patients do not feel any side effects, outside of dissociation, during treatment. Some may experience dizziness, nausea, and/or fatigue. This typically subsides quickly so you will be able to move and walk around without discomfort after your session. The average time spent recovering is 15-20 minutes.

Your insurance company may partially reimburse you for the cost of Ketamine Treatment for PTSD. While we do not bill insurance, we can provide you with billing codes so you can submit your claim.

The Science Behind Ketamine Therapy for PTSD

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and an AMPA receptor stimulator. AMPA stimulation is necessary for increasing brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which in turn stimulates the formation of new receptors and synapses. This process is critical for making connections between neurons and is often severely compromised among those suffering from PTSD, depression, and mood disorders.

The Research Behind Ketamine Therapy

In the last decade alone, institutions including Yale University, The National Institute of Mental Health, Stanford University, The Black Dog Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital have conducted clinical research studies that prove Ketamine Therapy is effective for treating mood disorders and pain conditions. Some have reported a 70% success rate or higher. We are proud to report an 83% success rate among patients with depression at our clinic.

  • Ketamine was named #7 of Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations Most Likely to Be Game Changers in 2017
  • Anesthesiology News published, “Anesthesiologists Take Lead as Ketamine Clinics Proliferate” in December 2015
  • Thomas Insel M.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) stated, “Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”

Why Choose Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles provides Ketamine Therapy for PTSD in a clean, state-of-the-art facility. Our highly qualified and compassionate staff work with Dr. Mandel to tailor a treatment plan that best meets your needs. At Ketamine Clinics, we have administered more infusions than most other facilities in the world. We understand the unique needs of PTSD sufferers — especially military veterans, abuse survivors, and other individuals who have survived any type of traumatic experience that still has an impact on their lives today. We are here to help.

Fill out the contact form below or call us at (310) 270-0625 for a free phone-consultation with one of our specialists.

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6801 Park Terrace, Suite 525
Los Angeles, CA 90045
P: 310-270-0625
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