What do the studies say about ketamine infusion therapy?
More than 50 peer-reviewed clinical trials at leading medical institutions and universities have proven the efficacy of ketamine infusion therapy for depression, and other mood disorders. There are at least an additional 70 studies about ketamine’s tremendous impact on treating mood disorders underway. Most of these studies have singled out severe, treatment-resistant cases that have not responded to most of the conventional treatment options and they still report a success rate of around 70% or higher among patients. Based on the data and our experience of providing infusions full time since January of 2014, patients with less resistant conditions will benefit even more often, which is part of why we have an 83% success rate at Ketamine Clinics of LA.
What does the World Health Organization say about ketamine?
Ketamine is one of only two anesthetics listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an “essential medicine.” The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international public health. Their essential medicines are “those medicines that satisfy the health care needs of the majority of the population; they should, therefore, be available at all times in adequate amounts and in appropriate dosage forms, at a price the community can afford.” WHO’s essential medicines are the basis for many countries’ national drug policies.
Can ketamine-based treatments be used to treat suicidal thoughts?
Ketamine shows tremendous promise for suicide prevention. Yale, Stanford, NYU, USC, UCLA, Cleveland Clinic, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mt. Sinai are just a few of the leading institutions that have conducted research proving ketamine’s efficacy for the treatment of suicidality.
Is it better for a ketamine clinic to give multiple infusions or a single infusion?
Much of the early research on ketamine for depression and other mood disorders was based on a single infusion but that poses two main problems. First, many patients don’t respond to treatment until after their second or third infusion, while some require a full series of six before experiencing significant relief from their symptoms. This led to some patients being deemed “non-responders” when they might have responded well if they had additional treatment. The second problem is the relief for the “responders” was generally reported to last an average of 7-10 days with a single infusion, not accounting for the additional duration that multiple infusions can provide. This caused many early critics to say, “It works, but it doesn’t last.”
These findings inspired the care team at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles to pioneer a series of six infusions over 2-3 weeks, each 55 minutes long, producing more pronounced and much longer-lasting benefits. As the premiere ketamine clinic, many research papers were published on the enhanced benefits of the multiple infusion protocol after our use of this method. See our press and research page for details.
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