Ketamine Therapy Specialist, Dr Soroya Bacchus, MD. in Glendale CA
Ketamine can be helpful in treating a variety of mental health and chronic pain conditions, you may find that this could be beneficial and our doctor, Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD, at Psychiatry Unplugged in Glendale CA can help you with any information you may need, feel free to contact them by phone or online. Our clinic is located at 121 W Lexington Dr #414, Suite A Glendale, CA 91203.
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What exactly is ketamine therapy?
What conditions can ketamine treat?
How much do ketamine treatments cost?
Who is an ideal candidate for ketamine therapy?
There are two types of Ketamine therapy, one is administered through IV (not FDA approved, and not covered by insurance) while the other is a nasal spray (FDA approved and covered by insurance). The nasal spray is administered by a spray into your nose 3 times, each does is spaced 5 minutes apart and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, it is a mixture of mirror-image molecules called “r” and “s” ketamine. Ketamine takes effect immediately and can last days even weeks after. Patients get a series of doses over a period of two to three weeks, then return for one dose every two to six weeks. Ketamine therapy targets the brain’s NMDA receptors, it binds them to increase the number of select neurotransmitters called glutamate in the space between neurons. It then activates the receptors in the AMPA receptor they then work in unison with these NMDA and activated AMPA releases additional molecules to help the neurons communicate along the new pathways. This process is called synaptogenesis it affects thought pathways, mood, and cognition, helping those who suffer from depression and other chronic pain conditions.
Ketamine has been shown to treat many mood conditions and is effective in chronic pain when other medical treatments have been unsuccessful, each treatment is personalized to each patient’s medical and personal needs. Some of the mood disorders ketamine has been known to treat are anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, obsessive compulsion disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse trauma, suicidal thoughts, and treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine therapy helps minimize the discomfort that patients have due to chronic pain such as cancer pain, central neuropathic pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, chronic pain, chronic sickle-cell pain, complex regional pain syndrome, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, migraines, neuropathic pain, new daily persistent headaches, painful limb pain, phantom limb pain, postherpetic neuralgia, post-mastectomy pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, trigeminal neuropathic pain. Like most medications ketamine should be used for short periods of time, longer periods can lead to a risk of dependence, which could lead to a dangerous cycle for patients, ketamine is administered in a clinic in lower dosages so the potential for abuse is nonexistent.
Ketamine has positive outcomes and is usually not covered by insurance, depending on the facility you could pay $350 to $650 per session. Insurance companies are looking into the benefits of ketamine and covering the treatment so hopefully, soon it will be covered. Patients would need to be screened by psychiatrists to ensure patients are not receiving a treatment that they may not need.
Since ketamine takes over specific chemical receptors in your brain, struggling with depression or other health conditions ketamine treatment could be a good choice to help with these especially if you have tried other treatments without any relief, or you have tried other therapies including TMS, and you haven’t responded well to group or individual therapy. If you have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression and if you are looking for an opioid-free treatment ketamine therapy may be a good choice for you. Although if you have any of the following conditions pregnant, uncontrolled hypertension, cardiovascular disease, had a previous negative result using ketamine, a history of substance abuse, psychosis, or increased intracranial pressure, you will not make a good candidate and should speak to a doctor to find other alternatives. Our professionals at Psychiatry Unplugged can meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for Ketamine Therapy and will be with you every step of the way. Our clinic is located at 121 W Lexington Dr #414 Suite A Glendale, CA 91203. For more information, call us or schedule your appointment online. We serve patients from Glendale CA, Hollywood CA, Burbank CA, Studio City, Pasadena CA, and Calabasas CA.