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IV Ketamine Infusions Specialist

Pain and Recovery Center

Addiction Medicine & Behavioral Health located in Albuquerque, NM

While antidepressants help many people recover from mental health conditions, they’re not the right solution for everyone. At Pain and Recovery Center, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, their skilled team offers innovative IV ketamine infusion treatments that are effective at treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder, and other mental health conditions. Call Pain and Recovery Center, or schedule a consultation online today to learn how IV ketamine infusions can improve your mental health and support your recovery.

IV Ketamine Infusions Q&A

What is an IV ketamine infusion?

Ketamine is a strong anesthetic and analgesic that’s been used medically since the Vietnam War. Medical researchers and clinicians recently discovered an off-label use for the drug that when delivered via intravenous infusion in small doses, ketamine offers rapid and long-lasting relief from mental health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Substance abuse

In many cases, IV ketamine infusions provide relief from mental health symptoms within hours instead of the months that oral antidepressants often take to regulate moods. Additionally, ketamine infusion therapy doesn’t cause many of the adverse side effects associated with oral antidepressants.

How does ketamine infusion therapy work?

The brain chemistry that regulates your moods and mental health is complex. Many mental health conditions are due to an imbalance of the neurotransmitters that send messages to your brain and body.

Ketamine stimulates glutamate production in your brain. Glutamate is an essential amino acid that supports healthy nervous system function. When you have low glutamate levels, your risk of developing mental health issues like anxiety disorders and depression increases. 

However, as your brain produces more glutamate, it can regulate the production of glutamate and other neurotransmitters more effectively, reducing your symptoms.

What should I expect during my IV ketamine infusions?

Your ketamine infusion appointment takes around an hour. During your treatment, you relax in a comfortable chair for roughly 40 minutes while you receive the ketamine infusion through an IV drip. You may experience a floating feeling or dissociate during your therapy. These sensations subside soon after your treatment is over.

After your treatment is done, you spend around 15 minutes resting while any dizziness or other side effects wear off before your provider releases you to go home. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatment and should avoid driving or operating any heavy machinery until the following day.

You may experience a reduction in your symptoms after just one treatment. However, in most cases, the providers at Pain and Recovery Center prescribe a series of six sessions over a two-week period. After your initial round of ketamine infusion therapy, you have follow-up appointments, and your provider may recommend additional infusions to continue your treatment.

Call Pain and Recovery Center, or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about IV ketamine infusions and how they can help you.