The Next Decade And The Promising Future of Ketamine for Treating Major Depression
A new decade is quickly approaching with 2020 right around the corner. So much has changed since the turn of the last decade, especially in the field of psychiatry. With depression and suicide rates on the rise, it’s clear we need something more to help those who don’t experience relief from traditional treatments.
Doing What Prozac Can’t
In the 1980s, Prozac unlocked a world of possibilities in psychiatric treatment and remains an effective treatment in fighting depression. But here we are, almost thirty-three years after the introduction of Prozac, and there are still people who aren’t helped by medications.
It’s been decades, but depression continues to be the leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide. Even though we’re very thankful for Prozac and its major contributions to the mental health field, we know that antidepressants don’t work or cause unwanted side effects for one-third of people.
Now, with ketamine hot on the scene, there’s new hope for restoration and wellness.
New Tools for Treating Major Depression
Unlike Prozac which focuses on serotonin, we know that ketamine acts on glutamate- another neurotransmitter in the brain. It’s this difference in neurotransmitters that can make a BIG difference in patient outcomes. To further add the excitement, esketamine (Spravato) gained FDA approval for treating cases of treatment-resistant depression in March 2019. This is an exciting and hopeful advancement!
Now, esketamine gives us a new FDA-approved tool in fighting depression. There’s a bright future ahead for treating Major Depression in 2020 and beyond thanks to ketamine. IV Ketamine and intranasal esketamine (Spravato) are helping
patients find relief. And, with IV Ketamine, some patients experience relief within hours!
Experience Life-Changing Treatments at COPE
Lead by a team of internationally renowned psychiatrists, our COPE team embraces these revolutionary treatments and offer them at our clinics across the country. We believe in the scientifically-backed success of these innovative treatments
and we’re here to restore hope and wellness for those with Major Depression and other common mental illnesses – Learn more today