Ketamine Infusions Therapy for Migraines Questions and Answers
At Bay Area Ketamine Center, our highly trained, and compassionate medical professionals, take great pride in providing ketamine infusion therapy to those who suffer from migraines, giving them the relief, they desperately want and need. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024.
Can Ketamine Reduce the Pain of Chronic migraines?
Ketamine, commonly used as an anesthesia medicine because of its sedative effects on the central nervous system, has been generating a lot of interest among pain management specialists, as it has shown to be a useful and effective treatment for patients with migraine headaches. In 2016, Duren Ready, MD, a headache specialist, presented research showing how a 25-milligram ketamine nasal spray reduces severity of aura in migraines, and that a 10 to 50 milligram dose was safe for sudden flare-ups of severe pain and breakthrough pain. Ketamine is also proving to be highly effective at treating symptoms of depression that often accompanies migraine headaches. Ketamine can be administered through either a topical cream, or as a nasal spray, providing low dosing levels that can block pain, but do not produce sedation. Ketamine works to reduce migraine pain by blocking neurotransmitters from reaching and docking with NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors. NMDA receptors are located throughout the spinal cord and the brain, and play an important role in the development of pain. Because neurotransmitters are blocked from binding with these receptors, the pain signal is blocked, and the patient feels a significant reduction in the severity of migraine pain.
When to consider ketamine therapy for chronic migraine pain?
Those who suffer from migraine headaches, which is approximately 39 million American adults and children, know they can last from a few hours to several days, and can be very disruptive to everyday activities. Migraine headaches are defined as a person experiencing 15 or more severe headaches per month, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sensitivity to light, sounds or smells and facial pain. Though there is no cure for migraines, there are multiple over-the-counter medications that can be effective at reducing the severity of migraine headache pain, and help prevent recurrences. However, for those who do not feel significant relief from these methods, ketamine could prove to be an effective therapy. Ketamine can be administered as a nasal spray, topical cream, or through intramuscular injection, and is very effective at reducing even the worst migraine pain. According to a study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, of the 61 people who were administered ketamine infusion therapy for 3 to 7 days, 75% reported a reduction in migraine pain.
What to expect with ketamine therapy for chronic migraine pain?
Ketamine therapy is commonly administered through a series of infusions, which can last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, up to several months. The number of infusion sessions necessary will depend on the severity of symptoms, and overall health of the patient. Generally, people who receive a series of infusions over the course of several days report less intense and fewer migraines.
At the ketamine therapy session, a patient is seated in a relaxing and comfortable chair while the infusion is administered. Most of the time, the patient will be reading, listening to music or even napping during the infusion. After the infusion treatment, the patient is monitored for about 60 minutes for observation before being sent home, and a ride home will be necessary.
Some people do report side-effects, though well-tolerated, that include mild-hallucinations, or tingling sensations following their ketamine infusion therapy session.
What are the benefits of ketamine treatment for migraines?
Patients who receive ketamine infusion treatments report improvement in their pain levels in as few as a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of their pain and the dosage levels. Once improvement begins to show, a patient will usually be set-up with a regular schedule for infusions, or nasal sprays, to maintain improvements and increase the quality of their lives.
Bay Area Ketamine Center offers ketamine infusion therapy for patients with migraines. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We serve patients from Los Altos, CA, Sunnyvale CA, Palo Alto CA, Stanford CA, Atherton CA, and Cupertino CA.