Ketamine Infusions for Migraine Treatment is Changing Lives

Ketamine treatments that are now available in Portland, OR, can provide an encouraging effect on patients struggling with a number of neuropathic pain disorders. People who endure chronic splitting headaches or perhaps migraine headaches are commonly some of the best responders to ketamine treatments. Individuals sufferers frequently will have to take some time off work, steer clear of being exposed to light, and make other sacrifices until their symptoms fade away.

Preventive prescription medications and anti-nausea drugs can help but numerous medications have undesirable side consequences. Ketamine infusions may be a feasible treatment alternative for protecting against and minimizing the unbearable– and often depleting– pain linked to migraines.

What Causes Migraines?

Migraines are agonizing, pulsating headaches that usually develop on one side of the head close to the temples. Many individuals experience migraine ‘attacks’ that are brought on by stress and anxiety, hormonal transformations, imbalances in brain chemicals, food additives, and alcohol intake.

Some individuals experience migraines whenever there are significant changes in the weather or barometric pressure. Particular medicines and even some forms of foods include compounds that can cause a migraine.

What Are The Benefits of Ketamine for Migraines?

Unlike other traditional treatments: SSRI’s and other natural depression treatments, Ketamine works fast. Many patients report feeling better within several hours of their very first Ketamine Infusion.

In addition to the fast response rate, Ketamine has been shown to help treatment-resistant depression patients as well. Around 80% of those who have utilized Ketamine for Depression Treatment have reported a positive response to the treatments.

How Are Migraines Usually Treated?

Staying clear of migraine headache triggers is just one of the most efficient ways to stop the pain and discomfort connected with these sorts of headaches. Lifestyle adjustments, such as exercising regularly to reduce tension or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to learn successful problem management skills can minimize the consistency of migraines. Typical treatment choices for migraines feature:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, Advil, and Motrin IB
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Triptans, including pills, skin patches, and nasal spray
  • Ergot alkaloids, such as DHE available as nasal sprays or shots
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Opioids
  • Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator device (TMS) to lessen pain using magnetic energy
  • Cold packs
  • Antidepressants, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil
  • High blood pressure medication
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Vitamin B2 supplementation

Why Choose Ketamine Treatment for Migraines

Various encouraging research studies uncover ketamine treatment has the ability to provide relief from migraine attacks by considerably reducing a discomfort score. A 2016 report released in The Journal of Headache and Pain shows the effectiveness of IV ketamine when it comes to chronic migraine pain, suggesting that therapy delivered a momentary improvement of pain with all individuals with chronic migraines who took part in the research.

Clients who run smack into migraines on a regular basis and those individuals who have become unsusceptible to pain pills and other remedies may improve most from ketamine therapy considering that ketamine therapy works in a completely different manner. Ketamine IV therapy provides a very high prosperity rate for men and women with uncooperative migraines.

Ketamine FAQs

Some of the most common questions and answers about ketamine

If you have been diagnosed with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or PTSD and you have tried traditional antidepressants without adequate relief. ketamine treatments could be a good options for you.

You will be seated in a comfortable recliner during your treatment. Our staff will place monitors so that we can track your heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your treatment.

A small intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein, after which ketamine will slowly be infused into the vein over approximately 40 minutes by a precise mechanical pump. Your provider will remain in the room during your treatment to monitor your response to the treatment. You will remain awake during the infusion. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Patients will also notice changes in their vision and/or a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts. Typical recovery times last from 20-30 minutes after the completion of your infusion. Most people can expect to be at the office for a total of 90 minutes. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion.

Yes. All patients will require a referral from their provider before beginning infusion therapy.

  • Schizophrenia or acute mania
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergic reactions to ketamine
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
  • Other conditions based on clinical

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.

You should continue your prescribed home medications unless directed otherwise. Your ketamine provider will review your medications during your initial consult and discuss any potential interactions.

The initial series of infusions consists of six ketamine infusions over a 2-3 week period. Many patients will notice a change in their symptoms after 1-2 treatments, however, some patients will not experience a benefit until later on in the initial series of treatments. While the effects of ketamine treatments can be life-changing, ketamine is not a cure for mood disorders. You will need maintenance treatments
in order to maintain treatment effects. Your ketamine provider will discuss a recommended maintenance infusion schedule for you, based on your response. On average, patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance or “booster” infusions.

There is approximately a 70-72% response rate for patient with depression.

Initial phone consultation: $0
Standard length infusions: $425

  • We accept credit cards only.
  • Financing options may be available upon request.
  • You may be able to use your FSA funds to pay for
    your ketamine treatments.
  • Check with your employer’s FSA administrator to verify eligibility.
  • We offer a discount for military veterans.

Ketamine treatments are currently NOT covered by insurance plans. At your request, we will provide you with a superbill and visit invoice for services provided.

Once we have completed your in person consultation and have a referral from your provider, your infusion can start immediately. We will work with you to schedule your initial series of six infusions. After that, you can schedule “booster” infusions on our patient portal whenever you feel you need them.

Stop Stressing And Start Living Again

Request your free ketamine treatment consultation today

If you or a loved one experiences migraines, let us help you improve your lifestyle with ketamine infusion therapy. Numerous patients receiving treatment with ketamine enjoy relief without the unwanted negative effects of traditional treatment methods. Call Specialized Infusions today for your appointment and discover how ketamine infusions can help with your migraine headaches.

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