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Ketamine Treatment for PTSD

Looking For Relief From PTSD Symptoms? IV Ketamine For PTSD Can Help

Post-traumatic stress disorder or sometimes referred to as Post-traumatic stress or PTS is an incredibly difficult disorder to live with, but research shows that intravenous ketamine for PTSD shows effective results. Whether a military veteran that served in a war or an abuse survivor, patients suffering from extreme trauma are at risk of developing changes in brain chemistry. When this occurs, patients commonly experience symptoms of depression that often lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Those suffering from 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: intravenous ketamine. PTSD symptoms can dissipate within hours, and lasting benefits can be attained in as fast as one week.

What Is Ketamine and How Does Ketamine Therapy Help?

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic during surgery and as an analgesic to treat emergency room cases. 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.

Patients suffering from PTSD slowly lose their mental well-being, and this can extend towards friends, family, and others around them. Sufferers often struggle to get a good night’s sleep because anxiety and flashbacks can cause nightmares. Ketamine Therapy can work to change all that by balancing mood and reducing — even eliminating — PTSD symptoms.

A Better 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 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 many people develop a dependency on them.

Benefits of 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.

Ketamine for PTSD can provide relief from many PTSD symptoms, such as anxiety, loneliness, and loss of interest in pleasurable activities. Treating depression with ketamine works quickly since it is administered intravenously — some patients notice a difference within a few hours. Ketamine has a short half life and the drug leaves the body quickly, but there are significant changes in brain chemistry and patient perspective during that time. This makes it an ideal treatment for people who do not want to be medicated daily and those who don’t have the luxury of trial-and-error prescriptions for several months.

If traditional PTSD medication methods are not working, then try Ketamine Treatment for PTSD, a much safer alternative than prescription drugs.

How Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders Works

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles administers ketamine intravenously, the only scientifically proven method of administration. PTSD sufferers undergo a series of 6 infusions administered over 2-3 weeks. Each treatment session lasts 50 to 55 minutes and many patients report a difference in mood within a few hours. Over 83% 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 starting Ketamine Therapy for PTSD, patients are closely monitored by an entire team trained and lead by Dr. Mandel. Our medical staff are very well educated and experienced in psychology and medicine. Our facility requires ACLS certification, HIPAA courses, rigorous testing, and many other extra layers of knowledge to ensure a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment that produces the best chances of symptom relief. We monitor a patient’s pulse, oxygen level, blood pressure, and EKG before and during the infusion. Our facility is equipped with hospital grade equipment and all patients will have a medical professional monitoring them the entire time.

Most patients do not feel any side effects, outside of dissociation, during treatment. Some may experience dizziness, nausea, and/or fatigue. We can administer medication that can help with these short-term side effects, if needed. These potential side effects typically subside quickly so patients will be able to move and walk around without discomfort after the session. The average time spent recovering is 15-20 minutes, but patients are not discharged until our medical team asses them and determines them fully ready to leave.

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 20 years, 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 our patients with mood disorders

  • 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 trained, experienced, and compassionate staff work closely with Dr. Mandel to tailor a treatment plan that best meets patient needs. As one of the leading PTSD treatment centers, 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 a traumatic experience that continues to negatively impact their lives. We are here to help.

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