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Re: Ketamine infusions for Depression

Posted by brynb on March 3, 2016, at 5:23:30

In reply to Ketamine infusions for Depression, posted by TJ_smith on February 17, 2016, at 8:52:23


haven't been on here in a while but i use a doc in nyc who administers ketamine for depression (IM). i found it helped temporarily. another doc in nyc administers iv infusions and i got similar (temporary) results. found that it only works temporarily and it can aggravate bipolar symptoms (this seemed to be a general consensus for ketamine), but good luck.

i just wanted to add on that a similar med i've used for years is tramadol (yes, the opiate) which, like ketamine, is an nmda antagonist and works on glutamate (as well as almost all other receptors). though i've had to tweak the dose over the last 3 years, it's been the only consistent AD for me, far better than any SSRI, NRI or any other treatment (and I've tried them all) out there. Most docs balk at it ("it's a pain med!," "it's not a psych med!" "it's addictive!") and the ridiculous list continues, but if you're lucky enough to have a doc on board to treat you with it, give it a go. like ketamine, it hits glutamate, which works for me.

good luck.


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