Per the position of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians (ASKP), ketamine therapy has been declared an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rightfully so. According to a piece published May 7, 2020 in Time Magazine, more than one in four Americans met the criteria that psychologists use to diagnose serious mental distress and illness, representing roughly a 700 percent increase from pre-pandemic data collected in 2018. During these times of increased stress, anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty, IV Solution and Ketamine Centers is committed to providing services to everyone that needs them.
If you struggle from major depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and have not found antidepressants and other medications to be effective, or if the stress throughout this pandemic has worsened your depression, there may be a solution that gives relief in just a few days. I am Dr. Bal Nandra, and as Medical Director of IV Solution and Ketamine Centers I can attest ketamine has changed many lives.
FDA data supports ketamine infusion therapy treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and migraines. As part of this revolution, IV Solution is the first and most experienced private medical facility to offer this customized therapy treatment in Chicago in a confidential setting with anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and skilled staff. We take full disinfection and PPP precautions per CDC recommendations, minimizing person-to-person contact and wait times in our medical facility.
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 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 raises 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 also offers the stellate ganglion block (SGB) for 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 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 the first or second ketamine infusion and feel very relaxed while receiving the treatment. Many patients, with the guidance of their psychiatrist or physician, may be able to decrease or even eliminate other medications after the treatments.
After the series of six 45-minute infusions for depression done over a period of two to three 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 over that wall. It’s changed my entire life. I feel alive again and am so grateful.”
IV Solutions and Ketamine Centers is located at 300 Village Green Road, Suite 225 in Lincolnshire and at 712 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. For more information, call 844-9-IV-MEDS (948-6337) for a complimentary consultation or visit chicagoivsolution.com or ketmainechicago.com to watch and listen to our many patient testimonials, news and radio stories.