Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Pain Management and Anesthesiology in El Paso, TX
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Ketamine Infusion Therapy services offered in El Paso, TX

Ketamine infusion therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that gives you relief from chronic pain, reduces the need for opioids, and can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety that don’t respond to psychiatric medications. It is an FDA approved for treatment of severe depression.  At Donya Pain and Wellness Center in El Paso, Texas, Ali Ibrahim, MD, specializes in ketamine infusion therapy, offering many people the chance for rapid and long-lasting symptoms relief. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today! Donya Pain and Wellness Center is a member of American Society of Ketamine Physicians (www.ASKP.org).

What is ketamine therapy?

The FDA approved ketamine for use as an anesthetic. In this role, ketamine has a decades-long history proving its safety and effectiveness. The FDA also approved another type of ketamine, esketamine, in the form of a nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.

However, physicians can prescribe FDA-approved medications for reasons other than their approved use. As it turns out, ketamine has important off-label benefits. The medication travels to your brain, where it directly connects with receptors, triggering many complex interactions and results.

In doses lower than those used for anesthesia, ketamine therapy reduces inflammation, relieves pain caused by many conditions, and enhances the body’s natural pain-relievers. 

Ketamine also balances glutamate, a neurotransmitter involved in many brain processes, including learning, memory, and regulating your moods and emotions.

How might I receive ketamine therapy?

Ketamine can be administered in several ways:

  • Intravenous (IV) infusions
  • Intramuscular (IM) injections
  • Nasal spray
  • Subcutaneous injection
  • Oral tablets
  • Topical creams

Though Dr. Ibrahim at Donya Pain and Wellness Center may recommend any of these forms, depending on your underlying condition, he specializes in IV ketamine infusions. Infusions allow him to give you a precise dose and choose how rapidly to send the medication into your bloodstream.

What painful conditions does ketamine therapy treat?

Donya Pain and Wellness Center often uses ketamine therapy to reduce your need for opioids and other potent pain medications. In addition to avoiding opioids, ketamine therapy treats painful and inflammatory conditions such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain disorders
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Severe headaches and migraines
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Psoriatic Arthritis 

Ketamine therapy often gives you fast relief from chronic pain and inflammation.

What mental health conditions does ketamine therapy treat?

Ketamine therapy may be the next step when your mental health disorder doesn’t respond to psychiatric medications. Psychiatric conditions that may improve with ketamine therapy include:

  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

While the FDA has approved a nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression, Dr. Ibrahim performs IV ketamine infusions when treating the mental health conditions above.

Everyone responds to medications differently, including ketamine. However, ketamine’s ability to quickly and directly influence brain chemicals and nerve pathways often leads to rapid results. 

To learn more about ketamine and whether it’s a good option for you, call Donya Pain and Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.