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Major or persistent depression is not something you can overcome by thinking positively or staying busy. In fact, when you’re struggling with a serious depressive disorder, the best thing you can do for yourself is to seek expert care.

Many medications and therapeutic treatments exist that can effectively treat depression. Unfortunately, not everyone responds to standard treatment. In fact, it’s estimated that about 30% of patients who try traditional antidepressant medications don’t experience beneficial results.

So what do you do when the usual antidepressant medications or psychotherapy and other treatments don’t help? Consider ketamine infusion therapy. At Klarity Ketamine Clinic here in Las Vegas, many of our patients with treatment-resistant depression are experiencing the life-changing benefits of this innovative therapy.

We’re passionate about your mental and physical health and are pleased to provide this safe and effective treatment for depression to our Las Vegas community and patients from across the nation. Here’s why:

Ketamine infusion therapy is considered safe when medically supervised

Ketamine was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in the mid-1960s for use as an anesthetic in the hospital setting because of its effectiveness, safety, and high level of patient tolerance.

You may be more familiar with oral ketamine. It’s used as a powerful anesthetic to control pain and has a reputation as a “club drug” called Special K. When taken orally, there is a high potential for misuse and abuse, and it does nothing for depression.

When used as treatment for depression, however, ketamine is delivered via intravenous (IV) infusion at a low therapeutic dose over 40 minutes per session. We monitor you carefully during and after each session to ensure you’re receiving the expected benefits of ketamine therapy.

Because the providers at Klarity Ketamine Clinic are board-certified anesthesiologists, you can also rely on their expertise and knowledge regarding the actions and anesthetic properties of ketamine. And we won’t begin treatments until we’ve carefully assessed your current health conditions, your medical history, and your previous treatments for depression.

Ketamine acts quickly

Ketamine infusion therapy can relieve your depressive mood within minutes to hours of the IV infusion. One of the frustrations with antidepressants is that they’re very slow to act. You may not notice improvement from a traditional antidepressant for several weeks, if ever.

This slow response time is understandably challenging as you watch the calendar and hope to feel better soon. If the medication doesn’t help after several weeks, you’ll likely start on another and begin the waiting game all over again.

The rapid action of ketamine infusion therapy often provides very powerful, therapeutic benefits to patients experiencing depressive symptoms. And it won’t take weeks before you notice a change.

Ketamine infusion therapy requires a relatively minimal time investment

When undergoing ketamine infusion for treatment-resistant depression at our clinic, you can expect to receive a series of six IV ketamine infusions initially over two weeks. Then you’ll typically require a single booster infusion every one to two months on average to maintain results.

Because ketamine has sedative qualities, you may feel fatigued after the infusion, and we recommend you take it easy for the rest of the day. You’ll also need someone to drive you to the office and back home after the treatment.

If you’re struggling with treatment-resistant depression and wondering if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you, schedule an evaluation today at Klarity Ketamine Clinic.