Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Safe?

Under medical supervision, Ketamine can provide substantial benefits to patients suffering from treatment-resistant mental health conditions like depression, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as other chronic pain conditions.

The difference between safe and unsafe Ketamine use comes down to the presence and supervision of an experienced medical practitioner. With medical support, Ketamine infusion therapy can be a safe and effective way to manage mental health and physical stresses.

At Alpenglow Pain & Wellness in Anchorage, Alaska, board-certified interventional pain management specialist Nichelle C. Renk welcomes new patients and offers ongoing support to existing patients for Ketamine infusion-based treatment.

Dr. Renk can advise you on the potential benefits of Ketamine treatment for your pain relief and mental health care needs, and supervise your in-office infusion therapy sessions. Here’s more on what you need to know about Ketamine infusion therapy this winter.

What are treatment-resistant mental health issues?

Mental health issues like depression and anxiety can sometimes be tamed through counseling, behavioral changes, or medications. 

However, for many people suffering from major depressive disorder and other severe mental health problems such as PTSD and anxiety, those treatments don’t sufficiently address symptoms of mental and emotional pain.

Coping with treatment-resistant mental health issues can pose a real challenge. That’s why you need the support and advice of a trusted expert to guide you toward emerging treatment methods like ketamine infusion therapy and finally resolve your major depressive disorder or other persistent mental health complaints.

Disrupt your pain cycle

If you suffer from chronic pain due to a condition like fibromyalgia, you can get trapped in a negative spiral of pain and inflammation symptoms. With low doses of Ketamine delivered via infusion therapy, you can break the cycle of pain.

Ketamine treatment may be able to give you lasting relief from chronic pain symptoms. It succeeds by disrupting the reception of pain signals in your brain. You could feel better right away after your infusion therapy treatment session.

After 1-3 treatment sessions, you’ll know if ketamine infusion therapy works for you. If you do experience relief from your psychiatric or chronic pain symptoms, you may benefit from a series of spaced treatments to prolong your beneficial effects.

Try ketamine infusion therapy this winter

Ketamine has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as an anesthetic for use in surgical situations. However, we’re also learning more about the potential benefits of Ketamine for the treatment of psychiatric disorders and other health issues.

We typically recommend that you try ketamine treatment after more conservative methods, like counseling and antidepressant medications, have failed to provide sufficient support. 

Dr. Renk thoroughly screens patients for any potential conflicts with other medications, and lets you know if Ketamine could be unsafe for you due to those factors.

When you come in for a Ketamine infusion therapy session, you rest in comfort while we deliver a calibrated dose of Ketamine via slow infusion. 

By using infusion, Dr. Renk can control the release of your dose, maintaining a much lower amount than used for anesthesia. Dr. Renk also provides sedation and anti-nausea medication to keep you comfortable during the infusion.

To find out whether Ketamine infusion therapy could be the safe and effective mental health treatment you need this winter, get in touch with Dr. Renk at Alpenglow Pain & Wellness today. You can book your initial consultation online, or give us a call now.

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