Ketamine seems to be the new Holy Grail against depression, particularly when combined with suicidal ideation. Does it work? Does it obliterate some memory?
Yes, ketamine can help to relieve depression and studies to date suggest that around 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression can benefit with 30-40% achieving full remission. Because low sub-anaesthetic doses are used there is no ongoing effect on memory although the approach of using intravenous infusions can affect clear memory for events around the time of the infusion. Those that respond positively to treatment report improved concentration and memory along with the improvement in mood. Details can be found in the recently released book "Ketamine for Depression."
I did 6 IV Ketamine infusions of 0.5 mg/kg over 40 minutes in a 3 week period 12 weeks ago and it worked better than going 3 nights without sleep or flipping over into a manic or hypo manic state. Prior to Ketamine only sleeping 4 hours or less a night would stave off depression. When I turned 70 my heart would stand getting that little sleep.
I am maintaining my non-depressed state with 100mg Ketamine nasal spray used up to 3 times a day for the muscle spasms from MS. Stopping the spasms stop almost all the pain.
I believe Ketamine is wonderful. Your mileage may vary.
Six IV infusions worked great for me. No more problems that usual with memory at 75. Even better Ketamine stopped the muscle spasms from MS some as old as 35. I use a Ketamine nasal spray up to 3 times a day that cost $45 a month from my local pharmacy.
It is life changing for me.
Your mileage may vary.
- Ketamine Information for Consumers
- Ketamine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ketamine (detailed)
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