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Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Oasis Therapeutics

Innovative Therapies for Treatment-Resistant Pain and Mood Disorders in Nashua, NH

If you continually struggle with chronic pain or a mental health disorder like depression, it’s time to learn about ketamine infusion therapy. The experienced physicians at Oasis Therapeutics specialize in ketamine infusion therapy, giving you a cutting-edge treatment option to effectively ease the symptoms that don’t go away, even after you try other medications. To learn if you’re a good candidate, call the office in Nashua, New Hampshire, or book an appointment online today at Oasis Therapeutics or Ketaminology.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a nonsurgical treatment for people with chronic pain or mental health conditions that don't respond to conservative treatments.

During your treatment, the medication goes directly into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) infusion. This allows your provider at Oasis Therapeutics to precisely control the dose and speed at which ketamine enters your body.

How does ketamine infusion therapy work?

Ketamine is one of the safest anesthetic medicines used during surgery. However, at a low, sub-anesthetic dose, it reduces pain and relieves the symptoms of mental health conditions.

As the medication infuses into your bloodstream, it travels to your brain, where it regulates pain signals, restores nerve connections, and balances glutamate, a neurotransmitter that controls moods. 

Ketamine also helps reduce inflammation. This ability may also contribute to ketamine’s beneficial effects because inflammation contributes to pain and is associated with depression.

When would I need ketamine infusion therapy?

Your provider at Oasis Therapeutics may recommend ketamine for certain mental health disorders that cause severe symptoms or fail to improve after you take psychiatric medications. 

Ketamine relieves the symptoms of mental health conditions, such as:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Bipolar depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Ketamine also treats many chronic pain conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RDS)

Like psychological disorders, you may be a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy when your pain persists despite conventional medical care. 

Intravenous ketamine (IV) infusion is not FDA-approved for treatment of pain and mood disorder. IV ketamine infusion for treatment of pain and mood disorders is considered off-label use and is not covered by insurance. 

What should I expect during ketamine infusion therapy?

You relax in a comfortable treatment chair while the IV is inserted, and the medication slowly infuses into your bloodstream. Your provider or a licensed practitioner monitors your treatment at all times, ensuring your comfort and adjusting the infusion if needed to prevent side effects.

The length of a ketamine infusion ranges between 1-2 hours, depending on the condition being treated and your dose. During your session, you can just relax.

Ketamine often produces rapid results, with many patients feeling an improvement in their symptoms shortly after their first dose. However, it takes a few treatments to determine ketamine’s full impact. Most patients get a series of six infusions to produce long-lasting results. Maintenance infusions may also be provided as needed.

To learn if ketamine infusion therapy can improve your health, call or book an appointment online today at Oasis Therapeutics or Ketaminology.