Although high doses of ketamine are used during surgery, when low doses are administered intravenously (IV), it becomes an effective pain reliever.
As of 2015, the National Institutes of Health recommends ketamine administered as an IV infusion for treating chronic pain. Ketamine is also used for patients with treatment-resistant depression, where it produces almost immediate results by boosting levels of the brain chemical glutamate.
What conditions are treated with ketamine infusions?
Ketamine infusions can help reduce chronic pain, give you a better night’s sleep, and improve your overall ability to enjoy life. Ketamine infusions may be recommended for chronic pain conditions such as:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Neuropathic pain disorders
- Migraine headaches
- Centralized pain
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
What should you expect during a ketamine infusion?
Ketamine infusions are administered on site in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Before your infusion, Dr. Bajaj performs a comprehensive evaluation of your health, including a physical and neurological examination, if necessary.
Your treatment is individually tailored based on the results of your exam and the nature of your pain. Once a dose has been determined, IV access is established, and ketamine is infused through the IV into your bloodstream.
Your infusion treatment lasts several hours, possibly 4-6 hours, depending on the rate of the infusion. Low doses administered slowly produce optimal and longer-lasting results.
Throughout your treatment, a pulse oximeter stays on your finger to continuously monitor changes in blood levels of oxygen. You’re also under the constant supervision of Dr. Bajaj and his highly trained medical professionals.
What are the side effects of ketamine infusion?
Intravenous ketamine infusions are well-tolerated by most patients. You may experience vivid dreams or drowsiness. Some patients develop nausea or feel like they’re jittery, but these side effects can be treated with medication added to the IV.
To learn more about innovative methods for relieving chronic pain, call Dr. Bajaj or book an appointment online.