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Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Due to its rapid action Ketamine is gaining popularity as a treatment for depression. Intramuscular Ketamine is a form of injection which is given in a muscle. After giving the injection, you will be monitored in the facility for 2 hours before discharge. You should not drive yourself after the Ketamine injection.
Ketamine is a NMDA receptor antagonist and several studies have shown that it can rapidly reduce the symptoms of depression and suicidality. Intramuscular Ketamine works effectively for depression and/or suicidal thoughts. The bioavailability of intramuscular Ketamine is 93 percent. Bioavailability means the percentage of the drug available to be absorbed through the bloodstream. The bioavailability of intravenous Ketamine is 100 percent.
It is given in a low dose to avoid the side effects. The common side effects are: High blood pressure, Nausea, Vomiting, dissociation and possible hallucinations.
If you have treatment resistant depression, then you may benefit from intramuscular ketamine treatment.
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