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Ketamine Therapies Specialties

The Rose Center For Integrative Health

Integrative Medicine Practice located in The Loop & Loop, Chicago, IL

Ketamine is being touted as the latest breakthrough drug for treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and more. Yes, that ketamine. When medically administered in small doses, studies show it’s effective as a safe mental health treatment. And it’s available to you at The Rose Center for Integrative Health by the Loop in Chicago, under the care of experienced integrative medicine specialist Glenn Harrison, MD. Call the office or schedule your appointment online to learn more.

Ketamine Therapies

What is ketamine?

Ketamine was developed as an anesthetic long before it was abused as a club drug. Researchers noticed that when taken nasally, ketamine interacts with the brain, targeting the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. This means it works differently than other mental health medications, delivering notable improvement for people with a wide range of mental health conditions. Recent studies have linked it to fewer symptoms for people living with:

  • Depression, especially depression that hasn’t improved with other treatments
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety

The Rose Center for Integrative Health uses Spravato™, a prescription ketamine, in their ketamine therapy. 

Spravato is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression. Studies have shown that when Spravato is used with a daily antidepressant, patients saw a greater reduction in their depressive symptoms within four weeks than those who weren’t using Spravato. Spravato is especially effective if you’ve tried other depression medications but haven’t seen results. 

How does taking ketamine work?

Spravato is a nasal spray you administer yourself under the supervision of a health care provider at The Rose Center for Integrative Health. Then, you stay in their office for at least a couple of hours as the medication works in your brain. You can relax during that time, reading a book, listening to music, or doing any other activity you enjoy to pass the time. The Rose Center for Integrative Health has lounge chairs overlooking the river for your enjoyment. 

You take Spravato at their office once a week for three weeks, then taper down to once or twice a month for maintenance, depending on your needs and preferences. 

Is ketamine safe?

When a prescription ketamine is administered by a trained health care professional, yes, it’s safe. That’s why the FDA has approved Spravato and why The Rose Center for Integrative Health chooses to offer it to their patients. 

The most common symptoms include dissociation, dizziness, nausea, and sedation. These symptoms most commonly appear right after taking Spravato, while you’re still at The Rose Center for Integrative Health being monitored by their dedicated team. The symptoms usually dissipate quickly, and most patients feel completely normal by the end of the day.

Are you interested in finding out if ketamine could be right for you? Call The Rose Center for Integrative Health or schedule your appointment online today.