Ketamine Treatment For Anxiety

There are many treatments for anxiety available to you. They include:

  • Talk therapy
  • Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), benzodiazepines, and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine approaches (CAM)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), dynamic neural training, and other treatments

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers more description of some of these treatment options. Your physician or mental health specialist prescribes the best treatments to help you get back to a good daily quality of life.

Patients who may be appropriate for ketamine treatment for anxiety have tried some of these other treatments already. They haven’t worked well enough, aren’t working fast enough, or aren’t working at all. ketamine is another treatment available to you.

Benefits of Ketamine

Ketamine treatment for anxiety offers benefits many other treatments do not. For patients who respond well to treatment, the biggest benefit is how fast ketamine works. Studies with IV ketamine have shown that patients can have a rapid relief in symptoms. More studies are underway.

With IV ketamine, about 70% – 75% of patients who get treatment for anxiety experience positive results. Different studies report different success rates. Like any treatment for anxiety, not all patients will have positive results. It’s also important to know that ketamine isn’t a cure for anxiety, but rather an adjunct to improve your current therapy; it’s a better way to help you overcome your anxiety.

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Protocol For Ketamine Treatment For Anxiety

Pre-Treatment Evaluation

You must have documentation of your diagnosis of anxiety from a qualified mental health professional. The first step is to complete diagnostics for depression, anxiety, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse before a medical screening exam. All test results are shared with the your providers.

The next step is to complete a medical exam with Dr. Manno. Dr. Manno will review your medical history and discuss what to expect during the treatment experience.

Induction Treatment Phase

Induction with IV ketamine is 2 treatments per week for 2 weeks. We will schedule an induction phase of treatment for you after completing the pre-treatment evaluation.

Booster Treatment Phase

You may need periodic infusions of ketamine to maintain the therapeutic effects. Frequency of maintenance infusions will depend upon your response after the induction phase. Some patients ask about oral ketamine as a way to extend the time between booster treatments. Each patient is unique and the treatment regimen will be determined by Dr. Manno.

Post Induction Monitoring

After the induction treatments have been completed, you’ll take the same diagnostic tests given before the Induction Phase. We do this to compare your responses to your baseline and measure the effectiveness of treatment. All results will be shared with your providers.

Research on Ketamine Treatment For Anxiety

Research into Ketamine treatment for anxiety is ongoing. Here is a sample of studies published and available to the general public or through a PubMed subscription.

Taylor, Landeros-Weinberger, et al. “Ketamine for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Crossover Trial” Neuropsychopharmcology (2018) 43, 325 – 333