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Ketamine Therapy

Nashville Brain Institute -  - Psychiatry

Nashville Brain Institute

Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Nashville, TN & Hermitage, TN

For some people suffering from mental health conditions such as depression, or a brain disease such as addiction, traditional treatments aren’t effective at relieving symptoms. At Nashville Brain Institute, Tianlai Tang, MD, and the mental health specialists use cutting edge treatments, including ketamine therapy, to help those who fail to get relief with the use of traditional treatments. To schedule a consultation to learn more about ketamine therapy, call the office in Nashville, Brentwood or Hermitage, Tennessee, or select the online booking button.

Ketamine Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a general anesthetic primarily used to induce loss of consciousness during surgical procedures. Unlike other general anesthetics, ketamine doesn’t lower blood pressure or respiratory rate and is considered a safe form of anesthesia.

More recently, researchers have been studying the use of ketamine for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The anesthetic may also benefit those who suffer from chronic pain and addiction.

What is ketamine therapy?

Ketamine is only FDA-approved for use as an anesthetic. Ketamine therapy refers to the off-label use of the medication for psychiatric conditions and brain disorders.

The psychiatric practice also provides the FDA-approved nasal form of ketamine, esketamine, using the brand Spravato™.

What is esketamine?

Esketamine (Spravato) is an FDA-approved treatment for treatment-resistant depression. It is a class of medication referred to as an NMDA ( N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor antagonist and relieves depression by altering the activity of certain substances in the brain. 

Esketamine is a liquid solution given as a nasal spray. Initially, the medication is given twice a week for the first four weeks, then weekly for the second four weeks, and once a week or once every other week thereafter. This medication can only be administered by a medical professional like the specialists at Nashville Brain Institute under supervision for an allotted time after the patient receives it.

How does ketamine therapy work?

Researchers are still unsure of how ketamine therapy helps those suffering from psychiatric disorders or brain conditions. However, it’s theorized that by blocking NMDA receptors, which is responsible for the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, it activates other receptors in your brain and creates new pathways for neural communication.  

Referred to as synaptogenesis, the creation of the new pathways may lift your mood and change the negative thought patterns associated with your psychiatric disorder.

Unlike other psychiatric treatments, including antidepressants, ketamine therapy works almost immediately. 

Am I a good candidate for ketamine therapy?

The mental health specialists at Nashville Brain Institute determine if you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy during a consultation. Due to the nature of the treatment, ketamine therapy is generally only recommended as a treatment option for those who fail to get relief from their symptoms with traditional methods.

To schedule a consultation to see if ketamine therapy can benefit your psychiatric condition, call Nashville Brain Institute, or select the online booking button.