Ketamine Depression Treatment
Ketamine has been used in hospitals since the 1970s to treat patients suffering from depression. It works by blocking NMDA receptors, which are involved in learning and memory.
What Is Ketamine Used For?
Ketamine is often used as a sedative during surgery. However, it is also being studied as a potential antidepressant. In fact, ketamine was recently found to be effective at treating depression when given intravenously.
Side Effects & Risks
Ketamine has been shown to cause some mild side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headaches. It is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions, including those who have had seizures, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease.
Benefits & Uses
Ketamine is used to treat depression because it works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain. This helps to reduce symptoms of depression without causing hallucinations or other adverse reactions. Ketamine also appears to work better than traditional antidepressants at treating depression.
Dosage & Administration
Ketamine is typically administered as a nasal spray, intravenous infusion, or intramuscular injection. It should not be given orally due to potential liver toxicity.