Ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic drug that has been used in anesthesia practice since 1970. It works on several areas in the brain, and has recently been shown to be an effective treatment in managing symptoms of depression, suicidal ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum Depression (PPD), and several pain syndromes.
While any medication may cause side effects, the dosages of ketamine that we use at VMI are associated with minimal side effects. Should they occur they are often short lived, resolving in an average of 30 minutes. The side effects can include dizziness, blurred vision, and rarely, nausea. However, if the patient feels any discomfort from the side effects, we have medication and comfort care to allay these effects.