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What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic and pain reliever. In recent years, it has also been shown to be effective in treating depression and anxiety.

Ketamine works by increasing the levels of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the brain. Glutamate is involved in many important functions, including memory, learning, and mood.

Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including intravenous infusion, oral tablet, or nasal spray. The most common way to receive ketamine treatment is through a series of intravenous infusions.

Ketamine treatments are typically safe and well-tolerated. However, there are some potential side effects, including dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Here are some of the benefits of ketamine therapy:

Ketamine can provide rapid relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Ketamine can be an effective treatment for people who have not responded to other treatments for depression and anxiety.
Ketamine is generally well-tolerated and safe.
Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, making it a convenient treatment option.
If you are considering ketamine treatment for depression or anxiety, it is important to talk to a doctor who is familiar with this treatment about the risks and benefits. Ketamine is not a cure for depression, but it can be an effective treatment for some people. If you are interested in learning more about ketamine therapy in Orange County, please contact our office today. Consultations with Dr. Seif are always free. She is happy to answer any questions you have and to discuss whether ketamine is the right treatment for you.

Here are some frequently asked questions about ketamine therapy:

How does ketamine work? Ketamine works by blocking the NMDA receptors in the brain. These receptors are involved in the transmission of signals between neurons. When ketamine blocks these receptors, it increases the levels of glutamate in the brain. The increase in glutamate levels has been shown to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and promote neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process of creating new neurons in the brain, which can impact mood, learning and memory.
Is ketamine safe? Ketamine is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. It has been used since the 1970s as an anesthetic and is widely used in operating rooms for anesthesia throughout the world. It is also commonly given to children before painful procedures. Ketamine is an important tool for the military and quickly became the standard anesthetic for use in the field because of its superior safety profile. It was first used in the Vietnam War to treat wounded soldiers - those who received ketamine were less likely to develop PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

What are the benefits of ketamine therapy? Ketamine can provide rapid relief and healing from symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. It can also be an effective treatment for people who have not responded to other treatments for depression and anxiety.
How long does ketamine therapy last? The effects of ketamine therapy typically last for weeks to months. Some people experience long-term benefits from ketamine therapy. Booster treatments are often required to maintain the benefits of this therapy.
How many ketamine treatments do I need? The number of ketamine treatments you need will vary depending on your individual needs. Most people will need 6 treatments, while others may need more.

How much does ketamine therapy cost? The cost of ketamine therapy will vary depending on the clinic you choose and the type of treatment you receive.
If you have tried antidepressants or therapy and have not found relief, contact us today to set up a free call with Dr. Seif to discuss whether this treatment is right for you.

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