Has anyone tried Ketamine for depression?

Posted by kelster69 @kelster69, Aug 8, 2020

Hi. My depression is intolerable right now. I started ketamine infusion therapy last August. It helped initially, but it has not really worked for me in about 7 months. I still went to the same clinic for 11 months, which I'm learning is a ketamine mill. I spoke with another doctor/clinic who does intramuscular ketamine treatments and who monitors dosing and patients' reactions very carefully during the treatment (my former clinic did not at all). I swore I wouldn't try ketamine again, after this last run failed and seemed to make me even more depressed. But I have some hope with this new clinic who seems to know what they're doing. I am at the end of my rope here; very depressed. I'm wondering if anyone else on here has experience with this treatment?

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@kelster69, I think you might be interested in reading these related discussions:
– Ketamine treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ketamine/
– esketamine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esketamine/
– I'm evidently very treatment resistant, any hope? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lost-hope-last-resorts/

I'd also like to bring @overwhelmed @kdo0827 @fighter @johnhans @ainsleigh @marjou and @jh1 into this discussion. Kelster, it sounds like you have some hope with the new clinic. What makes you more confident with their care?

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@colleenyoung

@kelster69, I think you might be interested in reading these related discussions:
– Ketamine treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ketamine/
– esketamine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esketamine/
– I'm evidently very treatment resistant, any hope? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lost-hope-last-resorts/

I'd also like to bring @overwhelmed @kdo0827 @fighter @johnhans @ainsleigh @marjou and @jh1 into this discussion. Kelster, it sounds like you have some hope with the new clinic. What makes you more confident with their care?

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@kelster69 Ketamine was suggested for me, but my information gathering said it required hospitalization and observation which gave me concern because highly sensitive to meds/medication resistant. There is a nasal spray that's another option. Would like to be updated. Best of luck!

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@colleenyoung

@kelster69, I think you might be interested in reading these related discussions:
– Ketamine treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ketamine/
– esketamine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esketamine/
– I'm evidently very treatment resistant, any hope? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lost-hope-last-resorts/

I'd also like to bring @overwhelmed @kdo0827 @fighter @johnhans @ainsleigh @marjou and @jh1 into this discussion. Kelster, it sounds like you have some hope with the new clinic. What makes you more confident with their care?

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Thank you, @colleenyoung. Every bit of information gives me hope. I so appreciate you monitoring this site and helping direct me to the most appropriate threads. All the best, Kelley

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under the tongue, bypassing the liver, what med and how much, etc.

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what doc. where located, city, state? Need more information, and right away

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@tens4u5125

what doc. where located, city, state? Need more information, and right away

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San Diego, intravenous. Why, are you familiar with ketamine clinics/doctors in the San Diego area?

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How do you find a provider to use Ketamine to treat anxiety and depression?

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Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect @mariannej. So glad you found us. You will see that I moved your question to a discussion that is talking about Ketamine treatment. I did this so that you can connect with people who have been through or know about the treatment.
Can you tell me where about are you located and where are you looking to find a provider? Have you been on anything else for treatment?

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@amandaa

Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect @mariannej. So glad you found us. You will see that I moved your question to a discussion that is talking about Ketamine treatment. I did this so that you can connect with people who have been through or know about the treatment.
Can you tell me where about are you located and where are you looking to find a provider? Have you been on anything else for treatment?

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Halifax, Nova Scotia. Yes, most everything.

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I am interested in getting ketamine treatments for depression.
Has anyone ever tried this nasal treatment?
If not, do you have any information about this treatment?
I would really appreciate any information about this which is relatively new and has been FDA approved. I have read several articles but would really like to connect with either a professional or a patient about ketamine treatments. My psychiatrist thinks I should start this program but I feel I don't know enough to commit to something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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@dqg

I am interested in getting ketamine treatments for depression.
Has anyone ever tried this nasal treatment?
If not, do you have any information about this treatment?
I would really appreciate any information about this which is relatively new and has been FDA approved. I have read several articles but would really like to connect with either a professional or a patient about ketamine treatments. My psychiatrist thinks I should start this program but I feel I don't know enough to commit to something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi @dqg, I would like to invite @audriana to the conversation since she looked into these treatments as well. You can see her post here: Rejection letter from Janssen CarePath re Spravato: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rejection-letter-from-janssen-carepath-re-spravato/

Here is some information you may like to browse.
A New Ketamine Nasal Spray Has Been Approved for Depression (But It’s Not for Everyone) – The possible benefits and risks, explained: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/a-new-ketamine-nasal-spray-has-been-approved-for-depression-but-its-not-for-everyone/

2019 – FDA-Approved Ketamine Nasal Spray Cuts Depression Symptoms in 24 Hours: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/ketamine-nasal-spray-can-help-reduce-depression-in-24-hours

What steered you to the ketamine treatments for depression? Are you currently on anything to manage?

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