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Ketamine IV Administration and 100% Bioavailability

Any patient who is new to Ketamine therapy must be anxious to know more about its working and how this whole process works! Patients must know that Ketamine treatment is provided as an outpatient procedure. In other words, there is absolutely no need for lengthy or stressful hospital stays. Also, most of the Ketamine clinics don’t even ask for a referral to treat a new patient. All they do is to conduct an interview to learn more about the history of...

Antidepressants – Are They More Effective Than TMS?

The psychiatric medication produces both beneficial as well as frustrating results. The statement is consistent with the STAR*D study. It is a large multi-center study with regards to the treatment of depression. The study was sponsored by the renowned Natural Institute of Mental Health. This is a definitive study that involved thousands of patients and just one in every three patients was able to reach remission after their first attempt of antidepressant drug. Furthermore, it indicated that with every successive...

Ketamine for Depression: Intranasal Vs. IV Infusion

No doubt ketamine is the most proven and effective treatment to treat depression. Many studies have shown the potential of intravenous ketamine in improving the symptoms of depression in about 70% of individuals. While ketamine IV infusions have remarkably known as the ‘gold standard’ in terms of administration, latest studies also discovered some other administration routes including sublingual, intramuscular and intranasal. Intramuscular Administration This administration route has raised some concerns because the administration rate is not as precise as needed for comfort...

Ways to Alleviate Depression Symptoms

There are so many wonderful people in this world who miserably struggle with chronic depression. Studies show, that the effects of depression for each person are different. Oftentimes, what treatment works for one, may not work for another. You must have seen how debilitating effects of depression take away pleasure from patients’ daily lives. It may also cause isolation, lower self-esteem that complicates relationships, work performance and may lead to several other ailments. Thus, to help these people alleviate the devastating effects...

Brain Function and Ketamine – How it Works

It’s been a long time since we have watched the successful progression of ketamine to treat the patients suffering from psychiatric disorders. In fact, we’ve always known its effectiveness to eliminate anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and even PTSD.   So what makes ketamine so effective and how it works in our brain? So far many researchers have attempted to unveil this mystery. These researchers have come upon many different potential uses for IV infusions including pain relief, elimination of suicidal ideations, prevention...

What Are Additional Tests Conducted Before Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

As we know ketamine is an anesthetic drug that is effectively and safely used in hospitals worldwide. The drug is now also used in sub-anesthetic dosage to treat chronic depression in people belonging to different age groups. Before you receive the ketamine infusion therapy, there are some additional test administered by your psychiatrist to finally ascertain if you meet the exclusion/inclusion criteria. These additional tests include; Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) The PHQ-9 is actually a 1-2 minutes brief and self-administered test. It...

Is There An Evidence Of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For The Treatment Of Chronic Depression?

Since its introduction, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – TMS has been tested through different studies for its efficacy in treating major depression. There are many clinical trials (more than 20) that prove this treatment to be a successful brain stimulation method. Brain stimulation techniques are the only treatment modality that can possibly be used to treat the patients with treatment-resistant depression. This is exactly what was proven through various controlled and randomized trials which investigated the potential of rTMS to treat...

TMS – A non-invasive method that is changing the modern medicine practices

The transcranial magnetic stimulation has greatly contributed to understanding the function of a normal brain. It also helps in stimulating the human brain and nerves for therapy. In other words, the growth of this non-invasive method has now fundamentally shifted the modern medicine practices! By the use of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to electrocardiograms, many clinicians are constantly acquiring complete and better understanding of things happening inside the human body. This is being done without the need for surgery or having...

TMS – A non-invasive method that is changing the modern medicine practices

The transcranial magnetic stimulation has greatly contributed to understanding the function of a normal brain. It also helps in stimulating the human brain and nerves for therapy. In other words, the growth of this non-invasive method has now fundamentally shifted the modern medicine practices! By the use of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to electrocardiograms, many clinicians are constantly acquiring complete and better understanding of things happening inside the human body. This is being done without the need for surgery or having...

Understanding the Mechanism of TMS

The nerve cells in our body are surrounded by a membrane that maintains the difference in electrical potential of -70mV between their surrounding and their interior. When current is locally induced, it decreases this potential difference by some millivolts all along the length of the cell membrane and initiates a depolarization wave that propagates along the nerve fiber length. This is referred as a nerve impulse. This nerve impulse can also be generated by electrode insertion into/near the nerve and can be...