Ketamine Infusions for Depression
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Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Suicide

A quick and effective way to prevent suicide

Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. In a recent survey, it was found that suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It was calculated that there were 42,773 suicides, and 1 million people attempted suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64 years in the United States and a person dies by suicide about every 12.3 minutes in the United States. Surprisingly, survey’s also found that men take their lives nearly four times the rate of women, accounting for 79% of suicides in the U.S.

The Facts:

Over 90% of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, people who die by suicide have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Often they are suffering from suicidal thoughts in combination with other mental disorders.

A quick and effective way to prevent suicide

Ketamine is a FDA-approved as an anesthetic, and recent studies have shown that Ketamine may turn out to be a fast-acting emergency treatment to reverse acute suicidal thoughts. Doctors have also stated that Ketamine Infusion Therapy might become a lifeline for severely depressed patients.

When individuals become depressed it is common to develop suicidal thoughts.  However when these thoughts of suicide become overwhelming and begin to develop an impact on their behaviors and decision making this is when it becomes a psychiatric emergency and it must be dealt with immediately before that individual takes their own life.

The Downfall

When someone gets diagnosed with suicidal thoughts and they are usually put on antidepressants.  The problem is that these antidepressants do not take effect immediately.  It can take weeks or even months for these medications to produce an antidepressant effect.

But now there’s hope…

A fascinating medication called ketamine (Ketalar) starts working within a few hours and a new study suggests it just might help reduce “suicidal ideation” better than anything currently available. The research was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Research concluded that ketamine had an impact on increased wish to live and decreased wish to die.  After one treatment most patients experienced a positive impact and no longer wanted to commit suicide.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of a single infusion may last several days, but they generally fade over time.

The different types of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Low Dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy – Another name for this technique is called the awake technique or in hospital technique.  This is when the patient receives a dose of between 20 mg and 35 mg of Ketamine depending on the patient’s weight, complex regional pain syndrome, health, and a variety of other health factors.

Outpatient Ketamine Infusion Therapy – The out-patient version usually entails repeated infusions done over a period of days, weeks, and months. The treatments are slowly decreased as the treatment evolves.

High Dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy – This is when the patient is placed into a medically-induced coma and given an extremely high dosage of Ketamine; typically between 500-700 mg per hour for 5 to 7 days.

What is the procedure for Ketamine Infusion Therapy?  

  • The patient must have a 12 lead heart tracing (EKG) to make sure they do not have any abnormal heart rhythms
  • The infusion is delivered into the bloodstream using a catheter, which will be placed in the arm or hand
  • A nurse(s) and a pain specialist physician will monitor vital signs during the procedure
  • Anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs for the entire duration of the infusion

Tips to Keep in Mind: Studies have shown that in-hospital treatment has been said to have the highest success rate and highest relief retention rate.

Always remember to seek help for your pain as soon as it becomes a problem in your life. We aren’t guaranteed lives without pain. But when chronic pain starts to destroy your ability to function and live a happy, healthy and productive life, then it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.