Ketamine Infusion Specialist

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

David Demangone, M.D.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Willoughby, OH

If you’re struggling to cope with chronic pain or a debilitating mental health condition like depression or PTSD, and you live near Willoughby, Ohio, then David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished anesthesiologist and pain expert who has considerable experience in helping patients who have these long-term health problems using ketamine infusion therapy. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Ketamine Infusion Q & A

What is a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine infusion therapy is an effective treatment option for both chronic pain conditions and certain mental health disorders. Physicians have been using ketamine for decades as a safe and effective anesthetic, and it’s now proving equally valuable as a therapeutic medication.

Chronic pain and mental health disorders affect millions of people every year, causing long-term disability and reduced quality of life. Chronic pain and depression frequently occur together. Conditions Dr. Demangone can treat include:

  • Refractory depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Fibromyalgia

There are a number of ways in which ketamine could be relieving symptoms of these conditions. One of the key actions of ketamine is as an NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor antagonist, which helps your brain make more neurotransmitters. Increases in neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin are known to help relieve pain and improve mood.

What are the advantages of ketamine infusion therapy?

There are several significant advantages to receiving ketamine therapy. Ketamine is well-tolerated by most patients and has a lower risk of serious side effects than many comparable medications. It also works far more quickly than most established psychiatric drugs.

There are also advantages to having ketamine infusion therapy compared to oral ketamine or ketamine injections. IV infusion delivers the ketamine directly into your blood, ensuring that close to 100% of the dose is active in your body.

Using IV infusion also enables Dr. Demangone to adjust your dose or stop the treatment session instantly if necessary. If you should experience any unwanted effects from ketamine, they should wear off within a few minutes.

Many patients find their initial treatment plans helpful in reducing their symptoms and improving their quality of life, but others continue to struggle with their condition. Ketamine therapy is an effective treatment for chronic pain and mental health problems, even when other treatments aren’t having much of an effect.

Ketamine infusion through an intravenous line (IV) is the most efficient way of getting the ketamine into your bloodstream.

How long do the effects of ketamine infusion therapy last?

The length of time the effects of ketamine infusion lasts depends on your condition, its severity, and your individual makeup. Dr. Demangone’s patients typically benefit most from a series of regular sessions with booster treatments at intervals after that period.

If you think you could benefit from ketamine infusion therapy, call David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.