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Ketamine Treatment For PTSD

Virginia Infusion Therapies

Ketamine Treatment For PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ketamine Infusion therapy has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, is a mental health condition that can affect some people after experiencing or witnessing combat, trauma, sexual assault, or some other traumatic event. Approximately 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. About 8 million adults are affected in any given year. The signs and symptoms of PTSD can range from general anxiety and depression, feelings of guilt and shame, to personality changes and self-destructive behaviors including misuse of medications and drugs. Many PTSD sufferers have thoughts of suicide and unfortunately many with this condition take their own lives. Ketamine infusion therapies can, unlike traditional treatment, provide ketamine treatment for PTSD and thus provide immediate temporary relief from some of the most serious feelings associated with PTSD. This includes relief from heightened anxiety, helplessness and depression. Traditional treatments include anxiolytics such as Valium or Xanax. These drugs may decrease the anxiety, but may leave the person feeling tired and lethargic. SSRI antidepressants may take weeks to work and have unwanted side effects. Talk therapy, while important for developing coping skills, takes time and doesn’t address the physical symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Virginia Infusion Therapies provides ketamine treatment for PTSD. Ketamine has been shown to provide immediate relief of symptoms in 70% of patients after only a single treatment.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy has been shown to Improve the Symptoms of Depression in up to 70% of Patients after even a Single Treatment

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Introduction to Ketamine for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, is a mental health condition that  can affect some people after experiencing or witnessing combat, trauma, sexual assault, or some other traumatic event.  Approximately 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. About 8 million adults are affected in any given year. The signs and symptoms of PTSD can range from general anxiety and depression, feelings of guilt and shame, to personality changes and self-destructive behaviors including misuse of medications and drugs.  Many PTSD sufferers have thoughts of suicide and unfortunately many with this condition take their own lives.

Ketamine infusion therapies can, unlike traditional treatment, provide immediate temporary relief from some of the most serious feelings associated with PTSD. This includes relief from heightened anxiety, helplessness and depression.  Traditional treatments include anxiolytics such as Valium or Xanax. These drugs may decrease the anxiety, but may leave the person feeling tired and lethargic. SSRI antidepressants may take weeks to work and have unwanted side effects. Talk therapy, while important for developing coping skills, takes time and doesn’t address the physical symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Virginia Infusion Therapies provides ketamine infusions for the treatment of PTSD .  Ketamine has been shown to provide immediate relief of symptoms in 70% of patients after only a single treatment.

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Why you should strongly consider Ketamine Infusions for your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Patients who suffer from depression, severe anxiety, and/or PTSD, are often desperate for relief from the feelings of sadness, anxiety, helplessness, and even suicidal thoughts. Traditional treatment are often far less effective than Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Traditional treatments generally include Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medications), antidepressants, and talk therapy. Anxiolytics which include the benzodiazepine class of medications, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax, while often effective in decreasing the levels of anxiety, will often leave patients feeling tired, lethargic, and even forgetful; Antidepressants are effective in approximately 60-70% of people and may take months to take effect; and while talk therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is imperative in helping the patient develop appropriate situational coping skills, it will do little in helping you rapidly overcome the associated anxiety and depression.

Ketamine is a big deal because it has been found to provide immediate relief in up to 70% of patients that have tried it. This includes patients with major depression, postpartum depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar depression, and even pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The most importantly, Ketamine has the potential to provide immediate relief in patients that need rapid improvement of their mental and physical symptoms.

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A Major Breakthrough

Ketamine has the ability to treat patients with PTSD and “treatment resistant” major depression in a matter of minutes! 70% of patients will see some improvement in their depressive symptoms after only a single infusion.

This improvement is however, temporary; and progressive improvement requires several treatments. The rapid improvement after a Ketamine infusion is exciting news for patients with PTSD or severe depression as they are known to have much higher rates of self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

With traditional medications, many patients with PTSD and treatment resistant depression may have to wait months and endure trying to find the proper combination of medications and treatments with limited success. Also, the usual prescription medications can have severe side effects and weight gain. In addition, many of the newer medications are designed for patients with schizophrenia and not depression. These medications often have their own side effects that can include temporary or even permanent problems with movement, abnormal thoughts, inability to sleep as well as other adverse effects.

In contrast, ketamine represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of depression, providing immediate relief with only minimal and temporary side effects.

You Are a Candidate If :

  • You have failed prescription antidepressants
  • You need the potential for immediate relief
  • Your symptoms are severe and intractable 

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How Does Ketamine Improve Your PTSD?

Researchers aren’t exactly sure the mechanism by which Ketamine infusions work to treat PTSD, depression, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide. However, it has been shown to help regenerate synaptic connections between brain cells that are damaged by stress and depression. Some improvements have been seen after even a single administration.

Ketamine is a drug that has been used by Anesthesiologists and Emergency Room Physicians for over 30 years as an anesthetic for surgery or to sedate patients for minor procedures. It was in these clinical environments that Ketamine was first noticed to help patients with depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Doctors began to discover that their patients felt better from their pain, depression and anxiety immediately after their procedures using Ketamine, as the anesthetic. The relief was temporary, but the findings led to more clinical research. Ongoing clinical studies are looking at how Ketamine infusion might be used to provide long-term relief for patients with depression or chronic pain.

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How Successful Are Ketamine Treatments for PTSD?

Ketamine infusion treatment is successful and immediate after only one treatment in about 70% of patients. This relief, after the only first treatment, is likely to last for only hours to days. Research has determined that the depression-relief can be extended, like many drugs, by gradually increasing the dosage of early treatments and having frequent treatment initially. When a steady state is reached, a maintenance treatment regimen will be planned to suite you individual needs.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Researchers aren’t exactly sure the mechanism of how Ketamine infusions work, however it has been shown to help regenerate synaptic connections between brain cells that are damaged by stress, after even a single administration.  It is believed that at lower doses, Ketamine acts as a neurotransmitter antagonist ( GluN2B ) in the brain. This area of the brain is the focus of treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD and chronic pain conditions.  Up to 70 % of patients treated with Ketamine for conditions ranging from Major Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain conditions show immediate improvement.  The immediate relief is in stark contrast to the slower methods of antidepressants medications and talk-therapy.  Ketamine is commonly used in the emergency room and operating rooms for anesthesia.  Read more on how you can take the first steps towards health and wellness.

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Meet Your Doctors

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Jay Kugler, DO

Dr. Jay Kugler board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He has worked as an Emergency Physician in Northern Virginia since 2002.  Dr. Kugler completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, Osteopathic medical school at the University of North Texas HSC, and residency in Pontiac, Michigan. 

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Pranav Virmani, MD

Dr. Pranav Virmani is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician who has been treating patients in Northern Virginia since 2002. He graduated medical school with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Howard University Medical School and completed his residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Emergency Medicine in 2002.

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Marwan Jaber, MD

Dr. Marwan Jaber is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician in Northern Virginia since 2007. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate in New York; and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. 

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30 minutes before first session to get paperwork done, answer any further questions and get setup for procedure.

15 minutes prior to subsequent sessions to answer any questions and set up for procedure.

You need to stop eating and drinking prior to your visit.  Stop all solid foods and non-clear liquids 4 hours prior to your procedure; stop all clear liquids 2 hours before your appointment.

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We will review you chart, answer any further questions, place IV and monitor your vital signs.  Please make sure to use restroom prior to the infusion, as will not be able to get up and use bathroom, during the infusion, due to decreased coordination.  A urinal for men and a bedside commode for women will be available if necessary.

We will review you chart, answer any further questions, place IV and monitor your vital signs.  Please make sure to use restroom prior to the infusion, as will not be able to get up and use bathroom, during the infusion, due to decreased coordination.  A urinal for men and a bedside commode for women will be available if necessary.

AccorApproximately 70% of patients will have improvement of their symptoms.  And, 10-30% can develop remission of their symptoms with continued treatment.

**IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT KETAMINE INFUSION IS NOT A CURE FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, CHRONIC PAIN OR OTHER CONDITIONS, BUT IS A PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT PLAN.  THIS  INCLUDES CONTINUING YOU CURRENT MEDICATION AND THERAPIES.

At this time, most insurance plans DO NOT cover Ketamine infusion therapy.  However, we will be happy to provide documentation of your visits, if you think your plan will cover this therapy. Virginia Infusion Therapies does not participate or bill insurance plans.

Yes.  Please continue with all of you current therapies and treatments while receiving Ketamine infusions.  Virginia Infusion Therapies provides only the infusion therapies you need for you condition.  Your primary care doctor, mental health provider, or other specialist will need to determine if your medications should be changed or discontinued.  Making changes without consulting primary care doctor, mental health provider, or other specialist will make it more difficult to control your symptoms and may disqualify you from further treatment at Virginia Infusion Therapies. We would be happy to correspond with your providers and coordinate your care.

Ketamine infusion therapy has been found to helpful in treating a variety of medical and mental health conditions including major depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, migraine headaches, cluster headaches and fibromyalgia.

Ketamine was initially noticed in anecdotal reports from anesthesia cases. They noticed anxiety, depression and pain improvement for some of their patient who underwent anesthesia for other reasons.  Some patients with severe anxiety, depression or intractable pain would report they had, at least temporary relief, of their symptoms.  John Krystal, MD in the 1990s, now the chair of psychiatry at Yale, as well as other investigators began to study how Ketamine could affect the neurotransmitters in the brain.  They discovered that ketamine’s interactions with glutamate produced a rapid antidepressant effect in patients with major depressive disorders.  Prior to these studies, most efforts in the treatment of anxiety and depression focused on medications that controlled serotonin and norepinephrine. These medications continue to be used and are helpful in conjunction with Ketamine therapy.

When used by appropriately trained physicians, in the proper clinical setting, the answer is YES. However, Ketamine has a potential for adverse side effects, such an nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, transiently elevated blood pressure and temporary “out of body experience”. In the safe hand of an appropriately trained physician, these side effects can easily be managed.

Virginia Infusion Therapies’ Board Certified Emergency Physicians have the qualifications and training to administer Ketamine in a quiet, comfortable and safe environment. We are committed to you and your well being.

Ketamine is not designed to be a recreational drug, but like other medications used to treat diseases, has been abused as a recreational drug.  As a street drug, it has been used in doses much higher than those administered for therapeutic treatment of depression, other mental health diseases, and chronic pain.

When abused chronically and at high doses, Ketamine can become psychologically addictive. It has not been shown to be physically addictive.

However, when used at therapeutic doses, current data suggests that Ketamine to treat depression, other mental health conditions, and chronic pain may be used without any long term negative effects.  This makes it a viable treatment option for patients concerned about addiction, especially from chronic use of opiates, benzodiazepines, and other medications. In addition, there are no known long term negative side effects as with other medication used to treat these illnesses.

Ketamine is not designed to be a recreational drug, but like other medications used to treat diseases, has been abused as a recreational drug.  As a street drug, it has been used in doses much higher than those administered for therapeutic treatment of depression, other mental health diseases, and chronic pain.

When abused chronically and at high doses, Ketamine can become psychologically addictive. It has not been shown to be physically addictive.

However, when used at therapeutic doses, current data suggests that Ketamine to treat depression, other mental health conditions, and chronic pain may be used without any long term negative effects.  This makes it a viable treatment option for patients concerned about addiction, especially from chronic use of opiates, benzodiazepines, and other medications. In addition, there are no known long term negative side effects as with other medication used to treat these illnesses.

Virginia Infusion Therapies

The First Ketamine Clinic in Northern Virginia

Virginia Infusion Therapies is one of the the first Ketamine Clinics in Northern Virginia, and the first clinic in Loudoun County to provide Ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of Major Depression and Pain Conditions.  The clinic was established by four physicians in Loudoun who, through their professional experiences in medicine and their personal family experiences with depression, recognized that there are major problems in the recognition and treatment of depression.  They recognized that Major Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and some pain conditions are often medical emergencies that requires treatments that are more effective…  and more effective IMMEDIATELY.   

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