Depression is more than just occasionally feeling sad. It is a debilitating mental health condition that leaves people unable to function in their day to day lives. While there are a variety of treatments available, from behavioral therapy and counseling to antidepressant medications, IV therapy is a new and upcoming treatment that shows a lot of promise in the treatment of depression.
What Is IV Therapy?
IV, or intravenous, therapy was first introduced as a way to deliver pain treatments in the early 60s. Since then, IV therapy has gone on to become a standard way to treat patients suffering from painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS), diabetic neuropathy, and central pain related to stroke or spinal cord injuries. It is even successfully being used to treat migraines. Even more promising, however, is the ability IV therapy may have to treat depression.
How IV Therapy Impacts Depression
The difference between IV therapy for depression and other forms of medication is time. Most antidepressants take weeks to begin working well. A number of studies have shown the benefit of Ketamine in IV therapy for depression, especially treatment-resistant depression. It has an almost-immediate impact on the patient being treated. Ketamine is traditionally used by anesthesiologists, but it is being considered a breakthrough treatment for people suffering from depression and PTSD.
How Does Ketamine IV Therapy Work?
Ketamine IV Therapy is not yet FDA approved, although the FDA has recently approved esketamine, a nasal spray form of the therapy. The approval was fast-tracked because the results of using ketamine have been so remarkable. Ketamine works differently than other antidepressants, because it helps the brain to grow new connections. When combined with behavioral therapy and sometimes other medications, it can have a lasting and profound impact on people suffering from severe depression and suicidal tendencies.
If you’re suffering from headaches, fatigue, pain or another condition, contact us today for IV vitamin therapy treatment. Complete Neurological Care has 7 convenient locations in Queens, Downtown Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Long Island, Upper West Side, the Bronx, and New Jersey. Our expert neurologists offer the skills and technology necessary to diagnose and treat your neurological concerns.