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Using Ketamine to Treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)?

ALS is a degenerative disease of the nervous system that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in the loss of muscle control.

ALS is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease because of the baseball player who was diagnosed with it. In many cases, doctors are unable to explain why ALS occurs, though there are suggestions that there may be a genetic component.

According to the Mayo Clinic, common initial symptoms of ALS include slurred speech and twitching. Over time, the muscles required to move, speak, eat, and breathe are lost to those suffering from ALS.

Fortunately, a number of patients have been finding increasing relief through ketamine therapy in Florida. If you or a loved one are suffering from ALS and interested in alternative medicine and treatments, contact New Horizon Clinics today!

Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Symptoms that are commonly associated and seen with ALS patients include:

  • Difficulty walking 
  • Lack of Motor Skills
  • Clumsiness
  • Weakness in lower limbs
  • Weakness in Hands
  • Slurred Speech
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Muscle Cramps and Spasms
  • Twitching in Extremities
  • Twitching of the Tongue
  • Difficulty Communicating
  • Changes in Behavior
  • Changes in Cognitive Ability
  • Difficulty walking 
  • Lack of Motor Skills
  • Clumsiness
  • Weakness in lower limbs
  • Weakness in Hands
  • Slurred Speech
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Muscle Cramps and Spasms
  • Twitching in Extremities
  • Twitching of the Tongue
  • Difficulty Communicating
  • Changes in Behavior
  • Changes in Cognitive Ability

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, an FDA approved drug for general anesthesia, has been shown in off-label trials to provide significant antidepressant benefits to patients utilizing Ketamine IV Therapy. This therapy uses doses lower than those used in anesthesia infused over 50 minutes to provide the potential for lasting improvement of depressive symptoms. 

Treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) with Ketamine

In early 2022, the FDA approved a second set of clinical trials for treating ALS with Ketamine. In patients with ALS, high levels of the chemical glutamate in the brain and spinal cord cause excessive activation of nerve cells, which is toxic. Treatment with ketamine appears promising. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors play a role in glutamate-induced activation of these nerve cells. Evidence has shown that ketamine may be linked to ALS treatment by blocking receptors in the brain linked to glutamate. D-serine levels in ALS patients are high, and dopamine levels are low; ketamine has the potential to lower D-serine levels while activating some dopamine receptors in the brain.

Ketamine’s Potential Side-Effects

There have been reports of the following as ketamine therapy side effects, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor:

  • Joy or elation
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Sensitivity to pain is reduced.
  • Nausea
  • Panic or anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Panic or anxiety
  • Heart rate has increased.
  • Blood pressure has risen
  • Joy or elation
  • Feeling “detached” from your body
  • Hallucinations
  • Sensitivity to pain is reduced.
  • Nausea
  • Panic or anxiety
  • Heart rate has increased.
  • Blood pressure has risen.
  • Confusion

Locate a Ketamine Clinic in Florida

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ALS in Florida and are interested in learning more about how ketamine can help, please take our qualification survey and make an appointment today with a qualified Florida Ketamine clinic. With locations throughout the state, including Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Panama City, Bradenton and more, we are ready to help you find relief today!

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