Ketamine has been on quite the wild ride since it was introduced as an anesthetic in the 1960s. Originally used to quell pain and anesthetize patients on the battlefield during the Vietnam war, ketamine ultimately fell out of fashion, becoming a recreationally abused “club drug” throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. However, at the turn of the century, researchers discovered – or rather, rediscovered, the powerful antidepressant effects of ketamine, as well as its effectivity in treating both acute and chronic pain. Today, ketamine has been referred to as “highly effective,” – a “wonder drug” – and, beyond depression and pain, has shown promise in treating PTSD, bipolar disorder, other mood disorders, addiction and more.
According to a report by Pharmacy Times, ketamine has evolved from its original role in acute, perioperative pain management to now being a viable chronic pain treatment option. Ketamine can treat such chronic pain conditions as CRPS, Lyme disease and fibromyalgia, and can even reduce pain in cancer patients. The report notes that ketamine should be considered in instances where opiates are ineffective or unavailable.
The complete Pharmacy Times report is a great read for those looking for detailed information about ketamine, its use cases, and developments in using it to treat various forms of acute and chronic pain.
For physicians and patients alike, ketamine’s versatility in treating conditions ranging from physical to psychological makes it a blessing. It often works when other, more traditional treatments fail. At Ascend, we’ve seen ketamine change the life of individuals struggling with suicidal depression, or suffering from immeasurable pain.
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