Usually those with anxiety are treated with oral antidepressants such as an SSRI, an SNRI, or a benzodiazepine (klonopin, xanax, ativan, etc.). If patients do not respond to one of these medications, they get a trial or another, or several more. Long term use of benzodiazepine’s usually end up doing more harm than good for many patients anxiety levels, and they can prove extremely difficult to stop taking.
Along with depression, Ketamine has been shown to greatly reduce or eliminate anxiety in a large number of treatment resistant patients. Typically anxiety is lessened shortly after starting a series of infusion, but the largest improvements are seen towards then end of the treatment course. Everyday tasks become less difficult. Patients are able to leave their home and be more active in social arenas. Most patients report an increase in their ability to concentrate, leading to improvement in their functionality.
Desert Ketamine Clinic recommends an initial series of six infusions over a two-week period. These infusions are usually spaced out to ensure a day or two in-between each infusion. Following the initial treatment series, patients then enter the maintenance phase of treatment where they return as needed for single “booster” infusions. These single infusions usually follow a predictable pattern of frequency that varies from patient to patient. The positive effects may last 3 weeks to 3 months before a booster is required.
Please see our Ketamine Therapy section of this website for what to expect during an actual treatment.
Many of our anxiety patients also find significant benefit from NAD+ therapy. This important enzyme is thought to be largely depleted in those suffering from extreme anxiety states. After NAD+ infusions, patients report a significant improvement in energy levels, a better sleep/wake cycle, and an increased level of mental clarity and focus. NAD+ can be administered as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with Ketamine.