A new study from Israel found that ketamine therapy administered orally, rather than intravenously, is effective in treating depression. The study found that ketamine has an immediate effect on depression symptoms, and its influence lasts up to a week after the treatments.
Ketamine for depression and other mental ailments is typically administered through an IV. A big reason for this is that it’s easier to control the dosage and it lowers the risk of abuse. However, this study shows that orally drinking ketamine is just as effective and safe. This method of administering the drug makes it more accessible and less complicated.
“One of the things that surprised us was that we saw a positive influence up to seven days after treatment, even though ketamine is a drug that exits the body very quickly,” said the researcher.
Orally administering ketamine treatments is more practical than the IV method. However, there is still a risk that this could lead to abuse. While more doctors are recommending ketamine to treat depression, especially treatment-resistant depression, and suicide they still say it likely won’t become the go-to treatment. Ketamine is best used a bridge to keep symptoms at bay until traditional medication kick in or used if traditional methods don’t work.
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.