Bipolar 2 Depression Medication Treatment

Ketamine for Bipolar 2 Depression Medication Treatment

Ketamine infusions have proven to assist with pain relief, but did you know ketamine can be used for a range of mental health conditions as well? The benefits of ketamine don’t end there though. As ketamine binds to specific receptors, it has a positive impact on mental health. Ketamine provides what can be described as a ‘reset’ button. For psychiatry, it was a landmark discovery of the 1960’s. In addition to conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ketamine has been used as a treatment for bipolar depression (and acutely for mania).

 

Ketamine for Bipolar 2 Depression Medication Treatment

Ketamine infusions have proven to assist with pain relief, but did you know ketamine can be used for a range of mental health conditions as well?

The benefits of ketamine don’t end there though.

As ketamine binds to specific receptors, it has a positive impact on mental health. Ketamine provides what can be described as a ‘reset’ button. For psychiatry, it was a landmark discovery of the 1960’s. In addition to conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ketamine has been used as a treatment for bipolar depression (and acutely for mania).

Traditionally, anti-psychotic and mood stabiliser medications have been used to help patients managing bipolar. The most well-known of these is lithium which has been used in psychiatry since the 1800s. Most anti-depressant medications that can be used to treat bipolar depression list suicidal thoughts or tendencies as a potential side effect. These include Depakote and Latuda. Ketamine (administered as an infusion), like lithium (taken orally) is one of a few drugs that does not increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in people already experiencing depressive symptoms.

With any medication comes potential side effects and variances in the life-span of the drug itself. The most common area of side effects for ketamine is on blood pressure and is a drug suggested to be avoided for people with a history of heart conditions. Thyroid and kidney function should also be monitored. Heart monitoring should be done while a person is receiving ketamine intravenously. One the infusion has been completed, most ketamine-related side effects ease within a couple of hours.

Ketamine infusions have, thus far, been reported to benefit a patient with bipolar depression for, on average a couple of days to a week. Benefits to the patient can be experienced much quicker than drugs like lithium however the treatment needs to be repeated for ongoing benefits. More research is being completed on the potential long-term risks and benefits of ketamine infusions.

Due to a similar chemical make-up with some brain receptors being activated by both lithium and ketamine, the two drugs tend to complement one another. Some reports had stated that administering lithium in mice before ketamine infusions increased the effectiveness of ketamine’s anti-depressant qualities significantly and are worth further exploration. The good news from this is that there is a potential for lithium to be used to assist with both bipolar depression and mania at the same time as receiving ketamine infusions to relieve bipolar depression further.

At this point, low dose ketamine infusions can be a complementary treatment to patients already having success with lithium. Patients should be monitored while receiving the ketamine infusion, however, should see any negative side-effects dissipate within a couple of hours of the infusion finishing. Additionally, as ketamine acts quickly in the body, it’s positive effects should be felt quickly. When used for pain relief and as an anaesthetic, it activates almost immediately.
We are looking forward to seeing further studies on the uses and benefits of ketamine infusions.

Contact us by phone or on our website for more information and free phone consultation for yourself or someone you care for. We offer information on ketamine infusions for major depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, OCD, anxiety disorders, postpartum depression as well as pain conditions.

 

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