finding the best route of administration for you
Intravenous (IV) KETAMINE INFUSIONS VS. Intramuscular (IM) KETAMINE INJECTIONS
the realm of mental health treatment, intravenous (IV) ketamine
infusions are widely regarded as the gold standard of care and offer the
following distinct advantages over intramuscular (IM) injections:
FASTER ONSET OF RELIEF
IV ketamine infusions result in a more rapid onset of action compared to IM injections. This is particularly important in mental health emergencies or situations where immediate relief from symptoms, such as severe depression or acute suicidal ideation, is needed. IV administration allows for a quicker delivery of ketamine to the brain, potentially leading to a faster therapeutic response.
PRECISE DOSAGE CONTROL
IV infusions provide
better control over the dosage and rate of ketamine administration.
Mental health conditions often require careful titration of ketamine to
achieve the desired therapeutic effect. IV infusions allow healthcare
providers to adjust the dosage precisely and continuously during the
treatment session, tailoring it to the individual's needs. This level of
control is essential for optimizing the efficacy and safety of ketamine
treatment in mental health.
LONGER DURATION OF KETAMINE
IV ketamine infusions generally provide a longer duration of action compared to IM injections. This sustained effect can be particularly beneficial in treating mood disorders, such as treatment-resistant depression. By maintaining therapeutic blood levels of ketamine over an extended period, IV infusions may offer more sustained relief from symptoms.
IV administration ensures a higher bioavailability of ketamine, meaning a larger proportion of the drug reaches the brain and target receptors. This can contribute to a more robust and consistent therapeutic response. IM injections may result in lower bioavailability due to factors like incomplete absorption and individual variations in muscle tissue.
OPTIMAL SUPPORT & MONITORING
While both IV and IM ketamine administrations include monitoring vital signs and side effects, IV Infusions allow your provider more control to respond promptly to any adverse reactions (such a nausea) or any other complications that may arise during the treatment session.
PLEASE NOTE: Intramuscular
injections can be a good option for individuals with challenging or
compromised veins that may make IV access difficult or uncomfortable.
the onset of action may be slightly delayed compared to IV
administration, IM ketamine can still be effective for achieving the
desired therapeutic outcome.