Ketamine Infusions - Worth it?

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   Posted 6/3/2017 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

I've been suffering from major depressive disorder since the age of 13 and I've failed pretty much every antidepressant/antipsychotic/etc that exists. I've also tried rTMS with a little success, but the benefit faded very quickly (even after 50 treatments). I've been on 100mg of oral ketamine for the last month, but it hasn't made any difference.

Now, I'm considering going in for ketamine infusions, but I just don't know if I can justify spending $4k on a treatment that will likely only last a few months.

I'm curious if anyone else has experience with ketamine treatment (in any form) and what your thoughts are about it. I'm pretty much at the point where it's this or ECT. Want to make sure I exhaust all my options before I go for the ECT. My memory sucks already so I'd like to not risk making it worse if possible!

Thanks in advance.


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   Posted 6/3/2017 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum.

I have never heard of this drug. Have you tried a second option from another psychiatrist?

You didn't mention coping skills or therapy.

Have you ever been to therapy?

What do you do for your self when you become deeply depressed?

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   Posted 6/3/2017 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe that they gave me ketamine for a medical procedure once. It was suppose to knock me out but it didn't. I hope that it works for you.

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   Posted 6/4/2017 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I read something about this really recently. It won't be of any help to non-UK readers unfortunately but apparently there's a doctor in Oxford who's offering them to patients. The results were fairly impressive, given that these are patients who have responded to nothing else previously, e.g antidepressants, therapy.

If I can find the article again I'll post a link.
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   Posted 6/4/2017 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently had surgery and they tried giving me ketamine on top of the fentanyl which was not quite controlling the pain (abdominal surgery). The ketamine helped the pain but gave me strong hallucinations when I tried to sleep! It might be worth trying a small dose to see how you react.
Wish you the best. Take care.

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   Posted 6/4/2017 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, you have a member named Oranged that tried Ketamine infusions. Hopefully he will see this post & respond.
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   Posted 6/5/2017 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bretttus. Yes I've had the K infusions. Had some really great moments in there through the process. It just didn't sustain for ME. But Everyone is different. 4 thousand dollars sounds too expensive for the six treatments but I'm not sure where your located. I googled a ketamine advocacy site and it helped to read what others went through. Again, it's works with everyone differently; dosage, frequency. If the Losengers aren't working for you, mention that to your Dr too. Some drs will only do one or two treatments to see if it helps before continuing on (since it is so expensive )
Hope that helps ?

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   Posted 6/5/2017 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Oranged for responding. I am sure that your post will be helpful to Brettus.

I hope you are having a good day.

Hi Susie!

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 6/19/2017 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
not all memory goes with ECT; moreover they return. i get more freaked by the side effect info on meds. now that is a real shocker!! ECT is tried, proven and continually improved since the 50's. for resistant depression and for those not thriving and at risk, then ECT is something i recommend. and yes i have had a course. memories naturally fade as we age. other factors play a role. the memory loss is mainly short term memory.
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