Ketamine Infusion Therapy

John How, M.D. -  - Medical Clinic

The How Clinic

John How, M.D.

Medical Clinic & Bioidentical Hormone Specialist located in Encinitas, CA

Though primarily used for treatment-resistant depression, The How Clinic may also suggest ketamine assisted psychotherapy to help improve your PTSD symptoms. Your provider works closely with you to determine the best treatment to help you feel more like your usual best self. For innovative treatments for PTSD, call The How Clinic or request an appointment online today. We are proud to partner with Flow Integrative Ketamine to provide ketamine assisted psychotherapy in our clinic in Encinitas. For innovative treatments for PTS, call The How Clinic or request an appointment online today.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that produces different results, depending on the dose. At a high dose, ketamine is a safe anesthetic used during surgery. When administered in a low dose, ketamine effectively alleviates pain and treats psychological disorders.

Though it works through several pathways in your body, ketamine primarily relieves pain by stopping pain signals from leaving your brain. Ketamine improves psychological disorders by balancing levels of a brain chemical called glutamate. Glutamate regulates conditions such as depression and anxiety, so when its levels are normalized, your symptoms improve.

What psychological disorders improve with ketamine?

When combined with traditional psychiatric care, ketamine infusion therapy helps patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. However, ketamine is especially beneficial for patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Treatment-resistant depression occurs when your symptoms don’t improve after taking antidepressant medications. About one-third of all patients with depression don’t respond to antidepressants. That’s when you should consider ketamine infusion therapy.

Most patients with treatment-resistant depression respond to ketamine, and they achieve rapid results, often noticing an improvement in their symptoms within a few hours.

What happens during ketamine infusion therapy?

When you receive ketamine infusion therapy at The How Clinic, you relax in a private room where you can control the light and sound levels within the room. During your first intravenous (IV) infusion, a physician directly monitors you to ensure your safety and comfort.

The standard ketamine protocol consists of six IV infusions over the course of two weeks. After your two-week treatment, you may need an occasional tune-up infusion. Staff, who can ask for the physician to step into the room any time a concern arises, monitor you during subsequent infusions.

To learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and how it may help you, call The How Clinic or schedule an appointment online.