Ketamine Treatment Centers offer ray of hope for sufferers of depression, anxiety

PRINCETON, N.J. — The doctors and staff at Ketamine Treatment Centers are continuing their groundbreaking work around the country to help those suffering from anxiety and depression to reclaim their lives. With no side effects, and positive results within hours of a Ketamine infusion, many patients are finding relief after years of suffering.

The first treatment center was founded in Princeton, New Jersey, in 2011 by Dr. Steven P. Levine, a psychiatrist. He has pioneered a protocol for the clinical use of Ketamine infusions to treat severe mood and anxiety disorders. He has directly supervised many thousands of infusions, and has helped establish similar programs across the country and around the world.

Levine and his team offer Ketamine infusions as a simple outpatient procedure performed under careful supervision in a relaxing setting. Centers are located in Princeton, Denver, Baltimore, Palm Beach, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

In Denver,  Dr. Sara Markey recently has joined the team. Following a consultation with Markey to determine appropriateness and safety of this treatment, patients will be guided each step of the way with the help of the clinical team to ensure a smooth and supportive process.

So what exactly is Ketamine?

It is an anesthetic medicine that was developed more than 50 years ago and has been safely used since that time for both children and adults. More recently, research has demonstrated that Ketamine may be administered intravenously in doses far below those used for surgery to provide rapid relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Whereas most of the currently available treatments take weeks to months to improve symptoms, Ketamine can provide significant improvement in symptoms of Major Depression, depression associated with Bipolar Disorder, Post-Partum Depression (PPD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and certain pain disorders within hours.

What is the approach?

Ketamine Treatment Centers offers infusions as a simple outpatient procedure. Following a consultation to determine the appropriateness and safety of this treatment, patients are guided each step of the way with the help of a clinical coordinator to ensure a smooth, supportive process. Because the effects of a single infusion are short-lived, those who respond will typically continue with a series of infusions. This is an off-label use of Ketamine, meaning that the FDA has not approved this medication for this use. However, its safety and effectiveness have been demonstrated in multiple research studies, and off-label prescribing is a common and necessary practice in all fields of medicine.

Since founding the center, Levine has directly supervised many thousands of infusions, and has helped establish similar programs across the country and around the world.

Learn more about Ketamine Treatment Centers here.

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