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Treating chronic pain with ketamine

Chronic pain affects about 20 percent of the American population. That’s millions of people experiencing bothersome, intrusive, or even downright debilitating pain on the regular. But it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.

With ketamine, you can beat chronic pain and get back to living your best life.

Is Ketamine Right for Me?

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that quickly and effectively relieves physical and mental pain of various kinds—so you can get back to loving your life right away.

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History of ketamine

Ketamine was created in the mid-twentieth century, and by the 1960s, was used as an anesthetic on battlefields, in operating rooms, and as an alternative for people who had negative reactions to other anesthetics.

Unfortunately, ketamine began being used as a party drug, used in excessive amounts and administered in dangerous ways. This led to a bad reputation and tightly restricted laws.

Ketamine bounced back in the 1990s, when the Yale School of Medicine began researching ketamine as a potential treatment for depression. Their findings indicated that ketamine can effectively treat depression when it is administered accurately and at the proper dosage. More studies followed, showing that same result and even proving ketamine can help with severe depression and suicidal ideation.

More recently, ketamine has been researched as a treatment for chronic pain. In many patients, it has helped them manage their chronic pain, proving ketamine can effectively treat this debilitating condition.

Since this research, ketamine has been used by doctors across the world to treat chronic pain.

How does ketamine help with chronic pain?

Ketamine has been used for pain management since the 1960s, in a way that doesn’t reduce blood pressure or lower your breathing rate—making it one of the safest options out there.

It does this by acting against the chemical receptor, N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), in the brain and spinal cord. The NMDA receptor is involved in the amplification of pain signals, opioid tolerance, and the development of central sensitization.

Ketamine also helps sedatives work and helps people need fewer addictive painkillers, like morphine, especially after surgery or while caring for burns. This has been shown to work long-term, helping not only with acute pain, but also chronic pain.

"In the right hands, it is a miracle," American Society of Anesthesiologists President John Abenstein, MD, said in an interview.

To receive these incredible results, you need the right doctor administering the treatment. Under the wrong care, you can experience adverse effects, such as drowsiness, nausea, amnesia, confusion, agitation, and behavioral changes.

At Nova Vita, we offer very experienced care, ensuring you receive all of the benefits of ketamine in a way that’s perfectly safe and able to work long-term.

Other uses for ketamine

Ketamine has also effectively been used to treat the following:

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Sources:   Ketamine, Center for Substance Abuse Research; How New Ketamine Drug Helps with Depression, Yale Medicine; Ketamine for major depression: New tool, new questions, Harvard Health Publishing; What You Need to Know About Ketamine’s Effects, WebMD; Ketamine: Exploring continuation-phase treatment for depression, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER); Highlight: Ketamine: A New (and Faster) Path to Treating Depression, National Institute of Mental Health; What are the uses of ketamine?, Medical News Today; Depression, World Health Organization