IV Drug Infusion Therapy performed at the Albany Clinic is primarily composed of the compound ketamine. Ketamine is a short acting anesthetic that is routinely used in surgery due to its ability to make patients unresponsive to pain. In contrast to its use in surgery, during an IV drug infusion, ketamine is given in a continuous fashion and in smaller amounts. Ketamine is effective in treating PTSD and depression symptoms because it engages a different neurochemical pathway than that used by traditional medications. This unique pathway uses the neurotransmitter glutamate, and manipulation of this pathway is known to achieve rapid improvement in depressive symptoms and effective reduction in suicidal ideation.
IV Drug Infusion Therapy may be the right choice for you if you suffer from symptoms of Treatment-Resistant Depression which is defined as depression that has not responded to two or more completed courses of treatment. IV Drug Infusion Therapy may also be a good choice for some who have PTSD. Dr. Garwin and your mental health care provider will make the appropriate recommendations after your initial consultation.