Ketamine therapy has become a popular treatment method in psychiatry in recent years. Psychiatrists can use ketamine therapy as part of a patient's treatment plan if they struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for this type of therapy. This blog will review the…
The Differences Between Nasal Ketamine and Ketamine Infusion
Nasal ketamine treatment takes the form of a nasal spray. Mental health professionals use this therapy for patient cases that do not respond to conventional medication. Treatment-resistant depression is one such application for ketamine therapy.
Are the effects of nasal ketamine treatment comparable to the IV alternative of the therapy? To find out, keep reading. Learn the similarities, differences, benefits, and drawbacks of the two options.
How nasal ketamine treatment works
Treatment-resistant depression is a growing concern for an ever-increasing number of patients. The lack of effective treatment options is directing the field of psychology to use existing drugs in new ways. Ketamine is one of those drugs.
In surgical settings, ketamine complements the action of sedatives by creating a dissociative state. The anesthetic properties of ketamine suggest that the medication is a good fit for chronic pain management. Its ability to create a dissociative state suggests that it can alter brain chemistry. This is the starting point of ketamine’s application in the vast field of mental health.
Ketamine targets the neuroreceptors that control mood and memory. This has the knock-on effect of changing the brain chemistry and lifting the mood. With time ketamine rewires the brain to manage or remove symptoms of depression. The medication boasts demonstrable success in improving the lives of patients with treatment-resistant depression.
It bears mentioning that not all ketamine treatments are created equal. For example:
1. IV Ketamine infusions work faster than nasal ketamine
Ketamine infusions go directly into the bloodstream. In contrast, nasal ketamine treatment needs to make it past the structures of the nose before entering the bloodstream. This, along with a lower concentration, slows the effect of nasal spray ketamine.
2. The effects of IV ketamine last longer
Ketamine is a fast-acting drug whose effects linger for days. This holds for the IV version and less true for the nasal spray. The difference informs how doctors craft the treatment regimens for the two treatment options.
3. The treatment regimen is different for the two options
Patients who receive nasal ketamine treatment get two treatments per week, for four weeks. After the first four weeks, the dosage changes to one treatment per week, for four weeks. The patient will then undergo an evaluation that tracks the effect of treatment on their mental health.
In contrast, IV ketamine consists of five or six treatments over three weeks. The treatments taper off to one treatment every few months.
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