What is Ketamine therapy?
Ketamine is a medication used for the treatment of major depressive disorder. It has been shown to be a highly effective treatment in reducing symptoms of depression.
Treating depression with Ketamine
Ketamine is an alternative treatment for patients who have not responded adequately and safely.
How is Ketamine administered?
Oral Ketamine is gradually titrated over the course of approximately 5-10, 30 minute sessions. The nurse will guide and monitor you through this process. After the Ketamine treatment, you will be required to remain at the practice for an observation period, usually around 30 minutes. You will be advised when you are fit to leave.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects vary from person to person, and generally there are some mild, short-acting side effects for e.g. euphoria, decreased coordination and distorted perception. This is why you will be monitored by a trained health professional.
You will be required to undergo regular safety monitoring with your referring General Practitioner or Psychiatrist. Safety monitoring may include; bloods and urine.
Number of sessions required for titration is usually around 5-10. This will vary case by case.