Ketamine Infusion Therapy

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KetaMed Health & Wellness

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Westchester, Rye Brook, NY & Northern Westchester, Bedford Hills, NY

Finding the right treatment options for chronic health conditions — like migraines, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar depression — can be increasingly difficult and frustrating. Multiple medications and therapies often must be tried to determine the right course of treatment, with no guarantees for success. Dr. Douglas Kornreich offers Ketamine infusion therapy for numerous chronic medical conditions at his Ketamine Infusion Therapy practice, KetaMed Health & Wellness in Rye Brook, New York. To learn how this effective treatment can address your chronic medical or mental health condition, contact Dr. Kornreich’s office today or schedule your appointment online.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q&A

What is Ketamine?

An anesthesia medicine developed over 50 years ago, Ketamine has been used during surgery for both children and adults. The World Health Organization has listed Ketamine as an essential medication for medical use worldwide. Ketamine induces both relaxation and pain relief, and health care teams frequently use it as a general sedative during medical procedures and surgeries.

Some may have heard that Ketamine is used as a “party drug” and worry about addiction potential. However, studies and clinical experience have found that there's virtually no potential for addiction or abuse with infusions considering the very low doses used in a medical setting, lack of access at home, and infrequent dosing.

What conditions does Ketamine treat?

Robust clinical research has revealed that Ketamine, when delivered in low doses over multiple infusion treatments, is a valuable, rapidly acting treatment for several chronic behavioral conditions, including:

  • Unresponsive (refractory) major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar depression, suicidal ideation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Migraine headaches
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

People with uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated thyroid disease, active substance abuse, a current manic phase of bipolar disorder, or active psychotic symptoms (hallucinations or delusions) are not suitable candidates for Ketamine infusion treatments.

A few medicines can't be taken with Ketamine. For treatment planning purposes, please contact Dr. Kornreich’s office before your visit to discuss your current list of medications and possible drug interactions.  

How does Ketamine work?

The relief Ketamine therapy provides often continues long after the short period that the small dose of Ketamine lasts in your body. Ketamine therapy acts on particular nerve cells in specific areas of your brain that regulate emotion and pain.  

These nerves have high levels of a signal receptor, called NMDA, that is involved in the communication between nerve cells. Ketamine blocks NMDA receptors, preventing the toxic effects of their excessive stimulation, and allows nerve cells to rest, grow larger, and increase the number of their connections to nearby nerve cells, called synapses.  

Depression, pain, trauma, chronic stress, and other conditions result in damage to these communication systems in the brain. Ketamine helps restore synaptic connections and reconnect neural pathways, relieving the symptoms of numerous conditions related to injury in these areas of the brain.

Unlike selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and other antidepressants that can take months to become effective, the effects of a Ketamine treatment are often felt within hours.

How are infusions administered?

Therapeutic infusions at KetaMed Health & Wellness are customized for every individual. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers the treatment, delivered by a precise microprocessor-controlled programmable pump.

Infusions are administered in private rooms, thoughtfully designed to provide maximum comfort, minimal stimulation, and complete relaxation. When you receive infusion treatments, you remain awake and can move freely during treatment.

The KetaMed team of doctors and psychiatrists monitor the progress of the infusion and are on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the 40- to 60-minute treatment. Contact Dr. Kornreich’s office and schedule your appointment today.

Does Ketamine have any side effects?

The dose used for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders is small and safe. For a few minutes during the infusion itself, blood pressure and heart rate may increase. Your care team carefully monitors these vitals to ensure safety during treatment.

Following an infusion treatment, you may have feelings of tiredness. On rare occasions, some individuals may experience nausea. An antinausea medication can be administered if this is a factor. Side effects usually dissipate within a few hours and are completely gone by the following day. There are no long-term or permanent side effects with intravenous Ketamine infusion therapy.