Intramuscular Ketamine

Intramuscular Ketamine

KDI Health offers cutting-edge intramuscular ketamine treatment for mental health conditions and chronic pain.

Intramuscular ketamine treatment is a more accessible and affordable treatment option. While absorption rates are not quite as high, it is a faster treatment that is scientifically shown to offer the therapeutic effects associated with IV ketamine infusions.

Conditions Treated with Intramuscular Ketamine

Applying ketamine through intramuscular injections allows the ketamine to be absorbed by your body in a fast-acting manner. Ketamine can provide you with rapid relief from your symptoms within days in most cases.

Conditions intramuscular ketamine injections are used to treat at KDI Health include the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD

How Does Intramuscular Ketamine Work?

Whether given by IV or IM, Ketamine works by primarily exciting an important chemical messenger, glutamate, and inhibiting a key nerve receptor in the brain called NMDA. This process both diminishes pain and encourages new neural growth in brain regions associated with mood regulation, memory, and learning.

Conditions like depression or chronic pain can damage these connections in the brain, called “synapses,” which are an important part of recovery from these conditions. This is why ketamine can be so effective -– it doesn’t treat just symptoms; it actually helps the brain regenerate and improves its ability to heal itself.

What Will My Ketamine Shots Be Like?

We strive to ensure all of our patients are comfortable and at ease in their private rooms during treatment, with care administered by exceptional and caring medical professionals.

Our attentive team will be close at hand to monitor you and facilitate your therapeutic experience during your infusion.

Physician Answers to Your Ketamine Questions

Originally used as a tranquilizing agent, Ketamine has recently been found to be effective for the treatment of a number of psychiatric conditions, including, but not limited to therapy-resistant depression (TRD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar disorder. Its mechanism of action is unclear at this time, but it appears to somehow allow for the neurocircuitry of the brain to rewire itself by increasing brain plasticity.
You will have an IV placed in your hand or arm for the delivery of ketamine. During the course of the infusion, we will monitor your vital signs. The process is not painful in any way, and can even be relaxing for some. There are a few patients who experience dissociative symptoms during their infusion, but these are short lived. If you are ever uncomfortable there are medications we can give you to make your infusion more pleasant. Some possible side effects include blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, and a sense of floating.
No, there are no serious health or addiction risks with ketamine therapy. Ketamine has been safely used for over fifty years on patients in hospitals. Although ketamine has a history of being abused as a hallucinogen, the dose and rate of administration used for therapy is insufficient to experience those effects or become habit-forming.

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