If you struggle from major depression, anxiety, or PTSD and haven’t found antidepressants and other medications to be effective, or if the stress of the holiday season usually worsens your depression, there may be a solution that can get you relief in just a few days. I’m Dr. Bal Nandra, Medical Director of IV Solution and Ketamine Centers and I want to tell you how ketamine infusions can change your life in a few days.
Recent FDA data supports ketamine infusion therapy treatment for depression, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even chronic pain and migraines. As part of this revolution, IV Solution is the first and most experienced private medical facility to offer this treatment in Chicago, offering customized therapy in a confidential setting with anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and skilled staff.
Supported by clinical studies, many from the National Institute of Mental Health, ketamine has been called “the most significant advancement in mental health in half a century.” It has been shown to be up to 80 percent effective in relieving treatment resistant depression (TRD), among other conditions.
Developed in the 1960s as an anesthetic drug, ketamine has been used to successfully treat depression for more than 10 years. It has a safe profile when administered by an experienced anesthesiologist. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA cell receptors, which raise levels of the neurotransmitter glutamate. Ketamine also remaps and stimulates growth of nerve elements for long-term relief of clinical depression and essentially does a “reboot” of your brain.
IV Solution is also now proud to offer the stellate ganglion block (SGB) for the treatment of PTSD in both veterans and others. This procedure is performed by one of the world’s foremost doctors and pioneers of SGB and can eliminate your symptoms almost immediately after one injection.
Ketamine is effective within hours to days with minimal side effects, as opposed to oral antidepressants which are only effective in about 40 percent of patients, take a month or longer to work, and have many undesirable side effects. Most of our patients have improvement after their first or second ketamine infusion and feel very relaxed while they are receiving the treatment. Many patients, with the guidance of their psychiatrist or physician, may be able to decrease or even eliminate their other medications after the treatments.
After the series of six 45-minute infusions for depression done over a period of 2 to 3 weeks, patients typically report relief of symptoms for many weeks, and months, after which time booster infusions may be scheduled as needed. Patients can inquire directly for the treatment or can be referred by their physician or mental health professional.
Chicago Cubs national anthem singer and anti-bullying activist, John Vincent, is one of our most outspoken advocates for ketamine treatment. He sums it up well by stating, “Before ketamine, I felt like I was standing in front of a wall, and ketamine has brought me a ladder to get me over that wall. It’s changed my entire life. I feel alive again and am so grateful.”
IV Solutions and Ketamine Centers of Chicago is located at 712 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. For more information, call 844-9-IV-MEDS (948-6337) or visit chicagoivsolution.com or ketaminechicago.com to watch and listen to our many patient testimonials, news, and radio stories.