For people with long-term, chronic treatment-resistant depression (TRD), the available treatments, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and psych meds don't always work. Our teams at Klarity Clinic in Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Denver and Fairfield, understand just how much agony TRD patients patients must endure.
While many types of depression interfere in the lives of the reported 16 million American sufferers and their families, treatment-resistant depression takes it to another level. TRD is an emotional nuclear war that can no longer be fought solely with conventional therapeutic weapons. And with our country's shocking suicide rates, low-dose ketamine infusion therapy, for the right patient, is proving to be that unconventional therapeutic nuclear option.
Ketamine has been used on the battlefield, where it saves lives, has shown remarkable success with PTSD patients, and is an important tool in the emergency rooms to immediately stop patients from suicide.
Since 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration has twice designated therapeutic-use ketamine infusions as a breakthrough therapy for mental illnesses including depression and has it on track for clinical use. Currently, ketamine, classified as an anesthetic, is considered off-label when used for anything other than that primary function.
Ketamine is a psychiatric drug that should not be taken lightly. Intravenous ketamine infusions act quickly in patients for whom this is the correct course of treatment. Infusions can be emotional, based on the anesthetic nature of ketamine, and are different for everyone.
Typically, Klarity Clinic's medically cleared infusion patients get six uniquely dosed, in-clinic 40-minute infusions over two weeks, with boosters as needed. You may experience:
- Generally fast relief
- Feels like a light anesthetic
- Might feel spacey and dreamy
- Fewer side effects than antidepressants or other therapies
You should be accompanied to the clinic for treatment, and you're closely monitored during and after each infusion. After your first four infusions, you and your doctor should start seeing a response to treatment.
This treatment is intended for patients who:
- Are suffering from long-term, treatment-resistant depression
- Have tried at least two antidepressants at a therapeutic dose
- Have tried at least one therapy intervention
The Klarity Clinic patient assessment process is in place to ensure the highest chance for success. Your consultation provides ample time for you to get answers to your questions.
Depending on your situation, your doctor may suggest adding NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) therapy, another of their signature wellness treatments, to enhance the results of your ketamine infusions. NAD+ helps to restore energy and manage stress, typical issues important to depressed patients.
If you're tired of trying various traditional treatments for depression that just aren't working for you, contact Klarity Clinic to learn if low-dose ketamine infusion therapy might be an option for you. We're here to help! Simply call the office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry Liang in Las Vegas; Dr. Jonathan Force in Denver; Dr. Nirvana Kundu in Cincinnati; or Dr. Adam Tibble in Fairfield, California.