Depression Mounts & Ketamine Offers Alternative

Major depression is the leading cause of disability world-wide. In the US, 16 million adults have had a bout of depression within a year's span. Suicide rates rose substantially between 1999 and 2016, increasing by more than 30% in 25 states. Because of its rapid action, ketamine could have a role to play in helping to prevent depression and suicide in patients that are otherwise resistant to medications and talk therapy.

Dr. Sherman Cole has been offering ketamine treatments as a helpful alternative for treatment-resistant depression that produces amazing results in patients. For those patients that regularly get ketamine therapy and for those new to the treatment process - there are certain tips that are helpful in getting the most out of care. The following pre- and post- checklists will help ensure you get the most out of your treatment and reduce the side effects.

Pre-Treatment Tips

You know that laundry list of things that you need to remember before going in for your ketamine infusion appointments? Things like how long you need to fast for, any medication cessation, driving, etc. It can be difficult to remember them all – we totally get that.

The following handy tips offer a snapshot of what to remember before you attend your first, or next, ketamine therapy. 

1. Hydrate before the appointment but stop drinking liquids 2 hours prior to the appointment
2. Fast 6 hours prior to the appointment
3. Take regular medication as directed by the Dr. prior to the appointment
4. Arrange for a ride and someone to take you home following the appointment
5. Wear clothing you will be comfortable in

Dr. Cole and his staff will ensure that your treatment room will be setup to create the best experience possible. 

Post-Treatment Tips

All drugs have side effects. Taking care of yourself after a treatment is just as vital to preparing yourself prior to a ketamine infusion. Ketamine treatments can cause high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, and vision and perception confusion. Equally important are the post-treatment tips. Those include:

1. Refrain from driving the day of the treatment if at all possible
2. Continue to eat and hydrate post-treatment, even if you don't feel like it
3. If you are tired, do not hestitate to lie down
4. Take prescribed medications per doctor's orders
5. Seek support for any challenges or issues

You may feel more emotional or increased anxiety after a treatment. Hang in there and contact Dr. Cole's and his staff for any issues.