Ketamine

Suburban Behavioral Health Services

Board Certified Psychiatrists & Behavioral Counselors located in Oak Brook Terrace, IL

For many, depression is a disabling mood disorder that interferes with daily life. Though many find relief from their symptoms with traditional therapies, 10-30% of people suffer from treatment-resistant depression. Board-certified psychiatrist Mazhar Golewale, MD, and the compassionate team of therapists at Suburban Behavioral Health Services in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, offer many innovative therapies to help those suffering from treatment-resistant depression, including intranasal ketamine treatment. For relief from your depression, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ketamine Q & A

What is ketamine treatment?

At Suburban Behavioral Health Services, the board-certified psychiatrists offer FDA-approved intranasal ketamine treatment. With this form of ketamine treatment, you inhale the medication through your nose. 

How does ketamine work?

Traditionally, ketamine is used as a general anesthetic for surgical procedures. It controls pain and induces temporary memory loss by blocking certain receptors in the brain.

More recently, researchers have investigated the benefits of ketamine for mental health conditions like treatment-resistant depression. 

Though researchers are still trying to understand how ketamine benefits depression, it’s theorized the medication blocks N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA), a nerve cell receptor in your brain normally stimulated by the neurotransmitter glutamate. 

Onset of depression is associated with changes in activity in the NMDA receptor. 

In addition to blocking the nerve cell receptor, ketamine may also assist in the formation of new neural pathways, which may play a role in alleviating depression symptoms. 

Am I a good candidate for ketamine?

When you come in for a consultation at Suburban Behavioral Health Services, your provider conducts a thorough psychiatric evaluation to determine the best treatment options.

You may be a good candidate for ketamine if you’re diagnosed with treatment-resistant unipolar depression. 

Ketamine is covered by most health insurance companies for patients who haven’t achieved complete remission of symptoms with traditional antidepressant medications. 

What happens during ketamine treatment?

Suburban Behavioral Health Services conducts your ketamine treatment at the office. Your provider discusses the details of your therapy at your consultation. 

In general, you come in for therapy twice a week during the first month, then once a week the second month, and once every other week the third month. Your provider adjusts your dose of ketamine based on your response to therapy. 

You can’t eat or drink for two hours before treatment and you may need to modify your usual medication schedule. Before receiving your ketamine inhalation, your provider checks your vitals and reviews how to self-administer the medication.

After your ketamine treatment, you remain at the office for monitoring for an hour or more. You must arrange to have someone drive you home and your provider recommends you take it easy the rest of the day.

Some patients may need monthly ketamine treatment to maintain results. 

Suburban Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and trains students from local universities who may be present during your consultation and therapy sessions. 

To learn more about ketamine treatment at Suburban Behavioral Health Services, call the office or book an appointment online today.