Ketamine has had an ongoing presence in the clinical industry since the 1960s and is an essential component of the anesthesiology field because it can maintain cardiorespiratory stability in patients who need to be sedated, while also offering a certain level of numbness towards pain.
Other treatments for depression such as traditional drugs focus on regulating serotonin in the brain, which has an effect on an individual’s moods, anxiety, and other cognitive abilities. However, these medications can take a while to begin working regularly and they come with a laundry list of side effects. Some of the most common side effects of traditional antidepressants include:
- Weight gain
- Diminished sex drive
- Dry mouth
- Skewed or blurred vision
- Increased anxiety or aggression
Antidepressants can also be ineffective altogether for about 30% of people who take them.
Ketamine treatment is different from classic forms of medication because it focuses on interacting with a neurotransmitter called glutamine, a converted amino acid that is crucial in supporting the central nervous system. Glutamic acid comes from reconverted glutamine and can have an effect on balancing out emotions. With careful administration, ketamine can be used to treat PTSD and other forms of depression and anxiety.