Ketamine Treatment for Depression in Los Angeles
Looking for relief from depression? IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help.
Many people continue to struggle with depression even after trying psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. If you or someone you love is in the grip of ongoing depression, ketamine treatment for mood disorders can help.
We offer low-dose ketamine infusions for depression and other mood disorders, typically after patients’ depression has failed to respond to other forms of treatment. Some have tried everything from talking therapy to countless medications, to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and even electroconvulsive therapy (ECT or shock treatment). Even for these patients who have been labeled as treatment-resistant, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy provides relief. Although most of our patients fit this description, we also treat patients with ketamine therapy as an early line of defense because it works quickly, effectively, and safely with no long-term side effects.
Different from Antidepressants
Antidepressants can take weeks or even months to reach therapeutic levels in your system and have an effect. Even then, some patients try many medications in endless combinations and doses and still feel no relief from their depression. Ketamine infusion therapy for depression works quickly, sometimes in just a few hours, to deliver a significant relief from symptoms. Most patients see substantial relief within 1-2 days of their 2nd infusion.
Ketamine for depression can deliver relief without the unpleasant side effects of antidepressant medications, which can include loss of libido, weight gain, insomnia or sleepiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, blurred vision, and suicidal ideation.
When it’s clear antidepressants aren’t working or providing sufficient relief, ketamine treatment for depression may be exactly what you need.
How Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders Works
Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles administers ketamine via IV infusion, which is the only route of administration that is scientifically proven to work. A full course of therapy consists of a series of 6 infusions done over 2 weeks with each treatment session lasting 50-55 minutes.
When you undergo ketamine therapy for depression, you’re closely monitored by our highly experienced nurses and Dr. Mandel. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist who also has a master’s degree in psychology. We use hospital grade equipment to monitor your pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram. You’ll be kept safe, in a comfortable environment. Some patients experience short-term dizziness, nausea, and fatigue, but these sensations usually disappear rapidly. After 50 years of ketamine being administered at much higher doses, and approximately 15 years of research on ketamine for mood disorders, there have been no long-term side effects.
What You Should Know About Ketamine Treatment
Ketamine is recognized as the safest, most widely used anesthetic in the world. It’s approved for many medical uses in human and veterinary medicine and is commonly used with young children. Renowned medical institutions like Yale, Stanford, the Mayo Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and the Cleveland Clinic use ketamine treatment for depression.
At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we offer the best possible care in our state-of-the-art facility in the neighborhood of Brentwood in Los Angeles, California. Our highly experienced, trained, and compassionate team consist of providers who have carefully considered the research and results of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy. After administering over 2,500 infusions to over 400 patients, Dr. Mandel and the rest of our team at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles are confident in ketamine therapy’s efficacy.
Many insurers will partially reimburse your cost for ketamine treatment for depression, although it may be a small amount. We do not bill insurance. We will provide you with statements with the necessary billing codes for you to file a claim. At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we offer interest-free financing through Care Credit for patients who have difficulty paying for ketamine treatment.
What Researchers Say About Ketamine
Since 2004, researchers at leading medical institutions have performed many studies proving ketamine’s ability to significantly relieve depressive symptoms. According to The Washington Post, many experts, such as Thomas Insel (former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health), are calling ketamine “the most significant advancement in mental health in 50 years”
Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic and an analgesic in surgeries, emergency rooms, and burn centers. More and more doctors are administering ketamine for the treatment of mood disorders as it’s antidepressant effects are becoming more widely recognized. When administered intravenously, ketamine can help patients get rid of feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.
Why You Should Choose Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles
At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we provide ketamine therapy for depression in a state-of-the-art facility. Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable, compassionate, and highly-qualified. Dr. Mandel has the ability to tailor the treatment to fit your unique needs. This personalized approach is one reason we have an 83% success rate among our depressed patients.
Depression can seriously affect your professional life, your personal life, and the people you love most. You owe it to yourself and them to find an effective depression treatment. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 310-270-0625 today to see if ketamine therapy is right for you.