Traditional methods of treating post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain don’t always work, but that doesn’t mean you just have to deal with these conditions. At Better Life Medical in Knoxville, Tennessee, the empathetic health professionals provide ketamine infusions as an alternative solution to enhance your wellness and quality of life. With the right medically supervised low doses, ketamine infusions can be positively transformative. Call Better Life Medical or request an appointment online today.

Ketamine Infusions Q & A

What are ketamine infusions?

Ketamine infusions are an FDA-approved treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other symptoms and conditions.

Many people don’t respond well to oral antidepressants and pain relievers that often present concerning risks and side effects. Since 2000, ketamine infusions are used as a safe, evidence-based, rapid-acting treatment to help manage symptoms and enhance the quality of life of patients.

Ketamine was primarily used as a sedative and anesthetic in operating rooms and on battlefields. The benefits of low-dose ketamine therapy for treating chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions are impressive, and the therapy is widely used today. Ketamine is so safe as an anesthetic that it’s often used in much higher doses for short procedures in children.

What can ketamine infusions treat?

Better Life Medical offers ketamine infusions to help with:

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Postoperative pain management
  • Chronic pain management
  • Neuropathy

Ketamine can also reduce signals involved in inflammation, which is associated with mood disorders.

Ketamine infusions don’t pose many of the risks and side effects of opioids, antidepressants, and other methods of managing pain and depression. The effects are also quicker. For example, antidepressants can take around eight to 12 weeks to be effective, but ketamine infusions often provide instantaneous or quick benefits in just days.

What can I expect during my ketamine infusion?

During your ketamine infusion at Better Life Medical, you sit in a reclining chair and are connected to an IV. Your provider carefully administers a very low dose of ketamine for about 45 minutes. You can listen to music, read, or just rest during your infusion to make yourself more comfortable.  Depending on the condition being treated, some infusions can last longer than 45 minutes.

You might feel a little groggy following your infusion, so you need to have someone drive you home. In most cases, the grogginess completely subsides within three hours. You might also feel some mild dizziness or nausea for about an hour after your treatment.

Most people see an improvement in symptoms within one to three infusions.

Your Better Life Medical provider can help you determine whether ketamine infusions are right for you. Inquire about this excellent and innovative therapy by calling the office, or booking an appointment online today.