Oral Ketamine Q & A
What is oral ketamine?
Ketamine has been used for decades as an anesthetic drug. Anesthesiologists often give patients ketamine to keep them comfortable and relaxed during surgery. But in recent years, researchers have discovered new therapeutic benefits to ketamine.
Studies have shown that ketamine may help lift treatment-resistant depression. Patients with chronic pain have also found that ketamine eases their symptoms. Today, doctors are exploring the ways ketamine can relieve pain and boost your mood.
At Boston MindCare, PC, you receive ketamine treatments from licensed anesthesiologists. The team offers each patient a personalized consultation. These experts work with you to determine whether ketamine is right for you.
If you decide to try ketamine, your provider decides how to administer your treatment. Many people eventually choose to receive IV infusions. But if you prefer to avoid needles, oral ketamine is also an option.
What conditions are treated with oral ketamine?
Oral ketamine is often used for:
- Chronic pain
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Ketamine can be especially helpful for patients with treatment-resistant conditions. Many patients turn to ketamine after exhausting other options. But ketamine doesn't have to be a last resort. If you struggle with physical or emotional pain, let the Boston MindCare, PC, team help you review your treatment options.
How does ketamine work?
Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in your brain. This effect can create pathways in your brain and generate new synapses. Creating new synapses improves the structure and function of your brain.
Healthy synapses also allow your brain to develop positive thoughts and behaviors. Research suggests that ketamine also blocks pain signals, providing relief from chronic pain. Whether you struggle with mental illness or physical pain, ketamine can help.
What results can I expect?
Ketamine is generally fast-acting. But if you choose to take the drug orally, it might take a little longer to feel the effects. While IV infusions go directly into your bloodstream, oral medications must pass through your stomach first.
Many patients notice an improvement within a few hours or days. But results may vary. Your Boston MindCare, PC, provider can help decide on the right starting dose. If oral drugs aren't a good fit, they can offer nasal ketamine or IV infusions.