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Ketamine For Depression
IV Ketamine: Research on IV ketamine is ongoing, and there are clinics in different states. As a whole though, it's off label and doses are not like recreational use. http://tinyurl.com/o73rcno there are some issues also in that the results may last only a short while. Nevertheless you can search for such clinics in your community via google, and you might find some. ...Read more
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Is it dangerous take drugs (amphetamine or ketamine) and anti-depression (sertraline)? Sometimes with alcohol. What can happen ?
Very dangerous: It is very dangerous to take street drugs with sertraline. One example is that amphetamines can sometimes make it easier for a person to have a seizure and this can become even easier when you combine them with sertraline. Many other possible drug interactions can occur and alcohol can worsen them. One question is what is causing you to take amphetamines and ketamine? Please seek help for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Still in progress: Research studies are ongoing for use of IV ketamine infusions in treatment-resistant depression, such as: http://www.Clinicaltrials.Gov/show/nct00088699 which is not complete until april 2014. Some are ongoing through 2017. These are all done in highly specialized clinics, and does not equate to recreational use of ketamine. Limiting factor is that so far, infusion results only last a few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any research or study being conducted in the us on ketamine to relieve major depression, as in the recently published uk study at oxford heal?
Yes,several.: Several. You obviously read the research at oxford health nhs, one at houston's baylor college of medicine, new york mt. Sinai school of medicine and are the ones that immediately comes to mind. Although it is promising, the long term effects are yet unknown so more research is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is known about the use of ketamine in treatment of depression? Would it be a good maintenance medication, or more for severe depressive episodes?
Ketamine ; MDD: Some studies are available showing that IV ketamine given in highly specialized clinics can offer rapid relief in severe, treatment-resistant depression, such as: http://tinyurl.Com/l76qma8 however, problems remain in that the beneficial results may not last more than a few days. Some cities have such clinics. It would not be a maintenance medication that someone could use at home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do any psychiatrists have experience using ketamine for treatment resistant depression? This seems to be a growingly popular and relatively successful treatment / approach.
Short term: This is a short term treatment, and has to be repeated in a few days or weeks depending on how long the effects last for you. it has not been FDA approved for long term treatment, and has to be given as an infusion in a monitored setting. It does however act fast, as soon as you get it, which is why it has been looked at as an alternative to traditional SSRIs that take weeks to start working. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can ketamine cause seratonin syndrome when used with an ssri? I am thinking about doing ketamine infused therapy for depression and anxiety.
Low incidence: Has been reported. ONe study showed 3 cases out of 1137. So rare, but can happen. May be worth a try. ...Read more
Is there any way a psychiatrist can perscribe the nasal spray version of ketamine? I have bipolar depression and have been on over 20 meds and ECT
Not yet: There are several studies to suggest that Ketamine is helpful in depression. There are no studies regarding the long term effects and safety of this drug. This medication has not yet been approved by the FDA for use in depression. You may want to check out clinicaltrials.gov to see about the studies taking place. Best wishes! ...Read more
BAD BAD idea: Ketamine does cause a dissociative state. Snorting is a bad idea because you don't know how much you're getting, and can cause psychosis. The research being done with treatment-resistant depressed patients is with IV ketamine, in supervised clinical situations -- very different from snorting unknown quantities of something you got on the street and "think" is ketamine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers