KETAMINE THERAPY IN FLORIDA
New Horizon Clinics offers ketamine treatment across the state of Florida, with practicing clinicians located at our offices in Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, FL, Panama City, Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton and Thomasville, GA. Owned and operated by some of Florida’s leading physicians, our team is highly experienced in ketamine therapy administration. We rely on proven protocols, personalizing each treatment plan to the needs of the patient, in order to maximize results.
Ketamine was approved by the FDA in 1970 as a general anesthetic. However, research done over the past 10-15 years has shown the potential for Ketamine to have a positive effect on a wide array of mood and certain pain disorders. It has become a widely-researched and innovative off-label treatment to help individuals who have been resistant to traditional treatment in the past. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also listed ketamine as an essential medication due to its therapeutic properties and its impressive safety profile.
Ketamine uniquely works in the brain to create new neural pathways. Along with reversing damage, ketamine has also been seen to have an anti-inflammatory effect which has created a powerful, effective treatment for a variety of chronic mental illness and pain conditions.
How Does Ketamine Work?
The mechanism of action of ketamine is not clearly defined. It has, however, been determined that ketamine’s effect on depressive and PTSD symptoms are unique, and therefore may provide relief when traditional treatments have failed.
A likely target for ketamine are NMDA receptors specifically in the brain. When ketamine binds to these receptors, an increase in the amount of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the spaces between neurons is seen. Glutamate then stimulates another receptor, the AMPA receptor. Together, the initial blockade of NMDA receptors and subsequent stimulation of AMPA receptors lead to the release of other neurotransmitters that help nerve cells communicate with each other along brand new pathways. This is called synaptogenesis. This process is thought to affect mood, thought patterns, and cognition.*
Ketamine likely influences depression in other ways as well. It might reduce signals involved in inflammation, which has also a contributing factor to mood disorders. Facilitation of communication within specific areas in the brain are also possible through the synaptogenic process. As with many therapies, ketamine likely works in many ways once. Many of these mechanisms are being studied.
ABOUT KETAMINE THERAPY
When administered intravenously at low doses, ketamine has incredible antidepressant effects. At New Horizon Clinics, we find that an initial protocol of 4-6 ketamine infusions administered over the course of two weeks is effective for about 70% of patients—even those who have resisted other depression treatments in the past. Most patients will know whether ketamine will work for them within 1-2 infusions. Each infusion lasts about 40-minutes, and side effects are generally mild: nausea and mild, non-threatening hallucinations are most common.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT KETAMINE THERAPY
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine was FDA approved for use as a dissociative anesthetic and analgesic medication in the 1970s. In the 1990s, researchers discovered that ketamine had impressive antidepressant effects. When used as an antidepressant, ketamine works on the brain’s glutamate system to repair damaged neural connections and encourage the brain to create new, healthy neural pathways.
What Conditions can be treated with Ketamine?
Ketamine is effective for the treatment of such psychiatric conditions as severe depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. Ketamine is also effective for certain pain conditions, such as chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, phantom limb pain, diabetic nerve pain, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
Is Ketamine Addictive?
Ketamine is not a physically addictive substance. When abused recreationally, ketamine can result in psychological addiction. For the treatment of depression and certain pain conditions, ketamine is administered in a clinical setting by a medical professional—and at much lower doses than what would be used in a recreational setting. Furthermore, patients are not provided with a take-home prescription for ketamine, which dramatically reduces the chance of abuse or misuse.
Is Ketamine Therapy Legal in Florida?
Yes, ketamine therapy in Florida—and across the United States—is completely legal.
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How Does New Horizon’s Ketamine Treatment work?
- Fill out a contact form online. Once this is done, either our therapist or medical personnel will reach out to evaluate you to see if ketamine is right for you.
- If approved, we will schedule you for an infusion appointment
- Download the OSMIND app. We will use this Ketamine specific service to evaluate how your treatment is working and to complete all required paperwork.
- Begin your treatments. Our therapist will follow up with you after each treatment.
What does Ketamine feel like?
Every patient will experience ketamine infusions differently. Many patients feel pleasantly relaxed during their infusions. Some experience mild, non-threatening hallucinations, while other feel drowsy. Generally, the side effects of ketamine wear off within 2-hours of an infusion. We don’t recommend that patients drive or operate heavy machinery on the day of their infusion.
Does Ketamine have any Side Effects?
The most common side effects of ketamine include: hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, increased saliva production, dizziness, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure during the infusion, out-of-body experience during the infusion, and changes in motor skills. Uncommon side effects include: rash; double vision; pain and redness in the injection site -Increased pressure in the eye; and jerky arm movements resembling a seizure. For a complete list of side effects, please ask a member of our clinical team.