Ketamine Therapy

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

Roughly 17.3 million adults in the United States struggle with major depressive disorder every year. Because depression can seriously lower your quality of life and can even turn life-threatening, the specialists at Pain Solvers offer ketamine therapy sessions, starting with consultations at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, and dedicated treatment at their Pleasant Hill, California office. Ketamine therapy is highly effective for providing fast relief from depressive episodes, so you can get relief. Find out more by booking an evaluation online or by calling to speak with a Pain Solvers team member about ketamine therapy.

Ketamine Therapy Q & A

What are the benefits of ketamine therapy?

Ketamine has been around for decades and was originally used as a fast-acting anesthetic for soldiers on the battlefield, as well as for patients in the operating room. But modern research has shown that ketamine can be highly effective for reducing symptoms of depression rather quickly.

Getting started on ketamine therapy is beneficial to: 

  • Treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Stop or prevent suicidal thoughts 
  • Improve and stabilize your mood
  • Minimize neuropathic pain
  • Resolve anxiety 

Ketamine can even help minimize chronic fatigue associated with depression, so you can restore your quality of life and start feeling like yourself. 

What happens during ketamine therapy?

When you come in to Pain Solvers for your ketamine therapy evaluation, your provider talks with you about your history of depression and any symptoms you’re experiencing currently. They tailor your ketamine therapy session to your needs.

In most cases, your provider will recommend an intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion right in the office. This allows the essential medications to bypass digestive processes and enter directly into your bloodstream for faster effectiveness. During your ketamine infusion session, which takes roughly 20-40 minutes, you simply lie back and relax.

Sometimes, your provider may recommend a medication called Spravato™, which is a nasal spray you use at the clinic. This is a form of ketamine that you usually take in conjunction with an oral antidepressant. 

When does ketamine therapy start working?

It just depends on the severity of your depression symptoms. Typically though, you enter a “dissociative state” quickly, where you lose mental feeling and lose all of your worries for the duration of your session. 

In many cases, ketamine therapy can ease most of your symptoms in as quickly as a few minutes to a few hours. This is why ketamine therapy is so beneficial if you’re having suicidal thoughts. 

For optimal benefits, though, you’re likely going to need to come into Pain Solvers about once a week for several weeks. Your provider monitors you throughout your treatment plan to ensure your ketamine therapy is working for you. They can make any adjustments to your ketamine sessions or change your other medications (like antidepressants) as needed. 

Learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy by booking an evaluation at Pain Solvers today. You can schedule your ketamine session either online or over the phone.