by Dr. Joe Jaros and Dr. Jan Jay
When considering a treatment involving a substance like ketamine, it’s important to know the facts.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists ketamine as an “essential medicine,” (https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/recommends_against_ick/en/ and among the safest and most efficacious known to science. Originally derived from PCP, ketamine possesses a versatility in the medical world like no other drug, and research on its many benefits is exploding. Navy Seal medics carry it in their pockets, ER doctors give it sedate gunshot victims, patients in acute pain from severe car crashes, and trauma victims with low blood pressure. It’s also being used post-surgery to reduce pain in surgical patients. Patients around the world are extolling its benefits.
Used in many developing-world operating rooms where breathing machines, an anesthesiologist, or even reliable electricity may not be available, ketamine is the anesthetic of choice. The WHO recommends ready availability in every medical system.
Chronic pain of any form is a debilitating disease that can be difficult to treat. Neuropathic pain, a common type of chronic pain, is the result of damage to nerves or neurons in the peripheral nervous system. These peripheral nerves also contain the NMDA receptors that ketamine blocks. Traditional medicines such as opioids are highly addictive, and other first-choice agents, including antidepressants, have success rates of only 30 to 40 percent.
Pain specialists are investigating the use of low-dose ketamine for a number of neuropathic pain syndromes, including chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain and spinal cord injuries (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432384).
There have been more than 50 clinical trials in the US alone studying ketamine and depression. Ketamine has remarkably fast antidepressant effects and has been used for treatment-resistant depression, especially in those patients with active and severe suicidal ideations (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27194043). Ketamine has shown reduction in depression in as little as 40 minutes.
Ketamine treatments are now available with Dr. Jaros at Enhanced Wellness. To learn move or to schedule an evaluation to determine if ketamine treatments are a path for you, call today: 505-323-8100, Learn more about all of the treatment options on our website: www.EnhancedWellnessNM.com.