At the Center for Interventional Psychiatry, we are committed to offering our patients the latest advancements in mental health treatments while assuring them of the highest level of quality and safety.
We are pleased to now offer two types of ketamine treatment — esketamine intranasal therapy (EsKIT) and ketamine infusion therapy (KIT). Each represents an exciting option for treatment-resistant depression.
Ketamine is an anesthetic medicine that has been in use for many decades and is on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines. It also has been shown to be effective in treating depression, especially in patients who have not responded to traditional treatment options. In 2019, our center was approved to administer ketamine treatment services to treat patients with major depression.
Our ketamine treatment services can provide fast relief from major depressive symptoms, including suicidal thoughts. They are available to adults age 18 and older who have not had success with traditional treatments for depression.
Studies show that the drug ketamine modulates the neurochemical glutamate. This prompts the brain to form new neural connections in a complex and cascading series of events. The brain becomes more adaptable and able to create new pathways — and helps you develop more positive thoughts and behaviors.
We currently offer two types of treatment:
Both treatments are administered in a clinical setting. You will be carefully monitored during and after treatment to watch for any possible side effects. During your treatment, your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen will be monitored.
Esketamine is a nasal spray derived from ketamine. It recently was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in health care settings to treat severe depression.
KIT delivers a precisely controlled low dose of ketamine via intravenous (IV) infusion. It is generally considered a more effective method than the nasal spray. This type of therapy has been in use to treat depression for more than 20 years.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Center for Interventional Psychiatry, please call 412-246-5063.