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Do any psychiatrists have experience using ketamine for treatment resistant depression? This seems to be a growingly popular and relatively successful treatment / approach.

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Dr. Mehr Karamat
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mehr Karamat
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Unfortunately it is not a viable treatment in the long run. Other drugs with similar effects which last longer are being developed. They probably will be available in a few years.
Dr. Marek Walczyk
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely yes

Ketamine is sometimes used to treat a treatment resistant depressions, but in the outpatients settings the other means are used, like small doses of seroquel, abilify, (aripiprazole) rexulti, lithium or most recently TMS, transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

In brief: Definitely yes

Ketamine is sometimes used to treat a treatment resistant depressions, but in the outpatients settings the other means are used, like small doses of seroquel, abilify, (aripiprazole) rexulti, lithium or most recently TMS, transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Dr. Marek Walczyk
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In brief: Experimental

I have not used it.
It is still experimental and in research. It may be used in very controlled circumstances for resistant depression. Usually depression is quite treatable by medication, therapy or both.

In brief: Experimental

I have not used it.
It is still experimental and in research. It may be used in very controlled circumstances for resistant depression. Usually depression is quite treatable by medication, therapy or both.
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
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Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Experimental

Studies are promising using a single or two doses in one study of patients with treatment resistant depression.
It is not FDA approved however, and further investigation is warranted.

In brief: Experimental

Studies are promising using a single or two doses in one study of patients with treatment resistant depression.
It is not FDA approved however, and further investigation is warranted.
Dr. Michelle King
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Dr. Yucui Chen
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes

Like other Psychiatrist has answered, it is still not FDA approved, but it is worth a try if the depression has been refractory.
But insurance normally do not cover the cost.

In brief: Yes

Like other Psychiatrist has answered, it is still not FDA approved, but it is worth a try if the depression has been refractory.
But insurance normally do not cover the cost.
Dr. Yucui Chen
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Ketamine

Just a caution, recently had a patient who was given ketamine as anesthesia for surgery without their permission and had an exceptionally terrifying experience coming out of anesthesia, and then what was basically a bad flashback trip later that day.
University studies on things like these are extremely controlled, subjects very carefully chosen and dose and administration very controlled.

In brief: Ketamine

Just a caution, recently had a patient who was given ketamine as anesthesia for surgery without their permission and had an exceptionally terrifying experience coming out of anesthesia, and then what was basically a bad flashback trip later that day.
University studies on things like these are extremely controlled, subjects very carefully chosen and dose and administration very controlled.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
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