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Healing PTSD With Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine is a legal prescription medication used for a variety of different medical conditions. The drug can be used for anesthesia during surgery, pain control, and as an antidepressant. Ketamine is one of the safest of all anesthetics in the world and used in a majority of hospitals. The drug shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and research is growing rapidly, and studies are expanding. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric disorder which can happen in people who have experienced or witnesses a traumatic even such as terrorism, war, serious accident, natural disaster, rape or another type of violent situation. In the past, PTSD was known by different names such as “shell shocked, or “combat fatigue”. PTSD isn’t a condition strictly rela...

Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Good for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

About 10 to 20 percent of people suffering from depression meet the diagnostic criteria for treatment-resistant depression. Within the past ten years, scientists have discovered the important role glutamate an amino acid of the central nervous system, plays in mood regulation. Currently, ketamine has demonstrated effectiveness for a major depressive disorder (MDD) and treatment-resistant depression (TRD). However, there are emerging concerns about ketamine’s optimal dose and the frequency of administration. What is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)? Major depressive disorder is debilitating and associated with frequent relapse, persistent psychosocial and functional impairment. MDD is one of the most common types of disability in the world and is associated with an increased risk of suicidal...

Ketamine Infusion Treatment for Addiction Recovery

There is no question scientific studies have helped us gain a better understanding of addiction while providing new, innovative and more effective ways of treating this horrible disease. Drug addiction is one of the biggest challenges facing our country today, particularly heroin which is purer, cheaper and deadlier than many other drugs. There is evidence which suggests ketamine infusion treatment could be beneficial in addiction recovery, medical professionals are slowly opening their minds and changing their views about the drug. What is Ketamine? Before we delve further into the scientific studies concerning ketamine infusions, let’s first educate you about ketamine, its history and uses. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic drug which is used in veterinary medicine and for pain relie...

J & J Submits for Esketamine Nasal Spray Approval in America

Janssen has submitted a filing for approval of Esketamine with the United States Food and Drug Administration for treating depression. About 30-40% of people do not respond to current depression treatments, which results in major depression disorder leading the cause of disability all over the world. The recent filing needs to prove the drug is safe and will be beneficial for the intended recipients. What is Ketamine? Before taking a look at how ketamine works, let’s talk about what it is. Classified as a dissociative anesthetic, along with PCP and nitrous oxide, ketamine is a class III scheduled drug only approved for hospital and medical setting use. At high doses, the drug is used for anesthesia purposes, while at lower doses it produces hypnotic effects, altered perception, and pain re...

Does Low-Dose Intravenous Ketamine Help Alleviate Pain Syndromes?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a disorder which can be accompanied by severe pain that’s often both chronic and resistant to conventional therapies. Researchers from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center found, “limited low-dose infusions of a widely used anesthetic drug may relieve the often intolerable and debilitating pain of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).” The team released a report entailing successful treatment of a 9-year case of Type I CRPS with an intravenous ketamine infusion in an adult female patient.   Objective of the Study: The objective of the study was to find out if the use of ketamine provides meaningful improvements in pain scores and betters the quality of life for people suffering from CRPS. To achieve the objective, the team focused on analyzing...

Study – Ketamine for Head Injury Treatment

Usually the use of ketamine for patients with traumatic brain injuries is contraindicated due to the concerns of increasing intracranial pressure. However, these concerns came from early studies and case reports that were improperly controlled and designed. Recently, there were studies done which challenge the use of ketamine being safe to use in these patients. What is the Goal of the Study? The purpose of the study was to review the use of ketamine for induction, sedation and maintenance in patients with a traumatic brain injury in different clinical settings associated with anesthesia. Researchers also wanted to review the potential mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective properties associated with ketamine. Results of the Study: While the population of the particular study was very s...

Guidelines for Ketamine as Pain Reliever

New research has shown ketamine can be an effective option for pain relief, and it could even be used as an alternative to opiates. Ketamine has been in the headlines a lot recently because studies have found it’s good for PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation treatment. The drug is also being utilized more in inpatient and outpatient settings to manage different types of pain, read on to find out more about the newest breakthrough for a drug once only associated with the club scene. Ketamine vs. Opiates Ketamine has captured headlines, particularly international headlines as it was used to rescue 12 Thai soccer players who were trapped in a flooded cave. A driving force behind the growing effort to use it as a pain reliever replacement for addictive opiates, because it could save lives a...

Legalization of Marijuana in Four More US States

There’s been hundreds of cannabis-related bills introduced since state legislature started to reconvene in January, 2018. Because of all the new legislature, 2018 is set to become one of the biggest years ever for marijuana policies in various state capitols. New Legislature: Before 2018, no state had ever legalized cannabis through the legislative process. However, this has changed when the Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize adult possession and cultivation, just hours after United States Attorney Jeff Sessions announces he was rescinding the Cole memo. The senate followed, Republican Governor Phil Scott signed the bill into law and on July 1,2018, it became effected. Connecticut: In Connecticut, four committees have held hearings on cannabis regulation bills, in...

Intranasal Ketamine Shows Promise in Treating Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

A ketamine nasal spray has shown promise in rapidly treating the symptoms of major depression and suicidal thoughts. The recent study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry a double-blind trial compared the standard treatment in addition to a placebo for rapid depression treatment and suicidal thoughts. Read on to find out further information about the study and the findings researchers uncovered. The Study The study involved 68 participants, and each were randomly assigned to two groups, one group received ketamine or a placebo twice a week for one month. All of the participants continued to receive treatment with antidepressants throughout the trial. The researchers looked at the effects at four hours after first treatment and again at 24 hours and 25 days later. The Resu...

Suboxone Clinics Maryland – New Approach To Opiate Addiction

We are Proud to Open Our New Suboxone Clinic Finding a suboxone clinic in the Baltimore area can be difficult because some aren’t accepting new patients and others only take private health insurance. Our program welcomes new patients and people with any kind on insurance, even state Medicaid. We pride ourselves on offering effective treatment overseen by a licensed doctor and we will never fail to help those who come to us in need. How we use suboxone effectively: Once you’ve made the choice to find a healthcare provider for suboxone treatment, you should know not all providers can prescribe it. Only about 35,064 doctors are currently trained and certified to prescribe suboxone out of 800,000 physicians in the United States. Our program only uses physicians who have gone through the proper...

Ketamine gaining popularity for depression therapy and addiction recovery

Medical professionals call it ‘off-label’ prescription when using Ketamine to gain ground on addiction and depression. It may seem counter-intuitive to use an often-abused drug, ketamine, to conquer a mood disorder – or especially treat addiction to other drugs. First, there has to be an understanding of the properties of ketamine to reduce the stigma of the drug and grasp the prescribing environment. Off-label uses of drugs are uses that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ketamine is, by label, an anesthetic developed in the 1960’s. It’s a Schedule III drug approved for hospital use in liquid or powder form. It was created for use in the Vietnam War to operate on or treat injuries on the front line. It acts fast to dull pain. Shedding the s...

Look What Dragged the Cat In: the rise of an opioid crisis

Excerpted from the 2018 book, Look What Dragged the Cat In, available October 2018 The decade of the 2010’s shelled hospitals and first responders with an explosion of opioid-related illness, injury, and death. Preventable drug overdoses tallied 54,793 lives lost in 2016 – an increase of 391 percent since 1999. Accidental drug overdose deaths increased 327 percent over the same period. The majority of OD deaths (38,000) involve opioids, The drug category most frequently involved in opioid overdoses and growing at the fastest pace includes fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol. The fentanyl category of opioids accounted for nearly half of opioid-related deaths. The dirty cat in the litter, heroin, accounted for the second highest number of deaths, claiming 14,606 lives. America str...

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