Guidelines for Use of IV Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management Released

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists have released consensus guidelines on the use of intravenous (IV) ketamine for the management of acute pain. “The use of ketamine for chronic pain has skyrocketed, and because it is an off-label use of a generic …

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Ketamine Infusion Improves Abstinence in Cocaine-Dependent Patients

Ketamine infusion, combined with mindfulness-based behavioral changes, has been shown to improve various aspects of treatment outcomes among rehabilitating cocaine-dependent individuals. The new findings from a randomized clinical trial show just a single infusion of the highly potent—yet controversial—NMDA receptor agonist is associated with significant patient improvements in cocaine abstinence at the trial’s end. Investigators—led by Elias …

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Can Ketamine Therapy Help College Students Suffering from Anxiety?

College students across the United States are suffering from anxiety at staggering rates. More and more young adults are having difficulty keeping up with their studies while dealing with their own internal struggles. Anxiety disorder exists on a spectrum with some individuals suffering from such severe cases that it seems like everything becomes nearly impossible …

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Ketamine Therapy Effective Treatment for Depression

What is Ketamine? Recent studies are proving ketamine therapy just might be a very potent tool to treat depression. Ketamine is a drug that acts by taking control of specific brain receptors. When administered in a controlled setting, in limited amounts, ketamine therapy can be extremely beneficial. Studies are now showing it can be a …

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How Revolutionary is Ketamine for Treating Depression and Anxiety?

Researchers are having a difficult time developing new classes of medicine to treat mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and pain associated with these conditions. Years ago, psychiatrists treated these mood disorders with medications that blocked monoamine receptors and monoamine transporters. However, these medicines produced adverse side effects, and some failed to work effectively. …

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