Drawing on a growing body of research into ketamine therapy, CRTCE first opened its doors in 2018 as Canada’s first clinic to specialize in ketamine. Offering three different ketamine treatments, CRTCE Toronto provides those suffering from chronic or treatment-resistant depressive conditions with an alternative to mainstream therapies. Due to its safety and effectiveness as an anesthetic in emergency situations, ketamine has long been recognized by the World Health Organization as a primary medication. Though an “off-label” use of the medication, intravenous infusion therapy has shown significant beneficial results both in clinical and research settings. While driving forward research on ketamine, the staff at CRTCE also provide hope to their patients..
The clinic’s medical director is award and grant-winning researcher Dr. Joshua Rosenblat. Dr. Rosenblat also works as a clinician-scientist at the University of Toronto, and spends much time teaching medical students and residents. The research and healthcare-driven clinic is uniquely situated to offer its clients both the support of a proven medication and of innovative techniques. The CRTCE clinical staff provide a safe and private setting in which to explore the benefits of ketamine therapy, and offer hope to those who may have lost sight of it. Ketamine therapy is a safe and efficient alternative to mainstream oral medications.
*PTSD and OCD considered on a case-by-case basis.
A consultation with one of the CRTCE experts will help to determine how treatment will proceed. Depending on the nature and severity of the condition, and on other health factors, subsequent infusions take between 1.5 – 2 hours. A usual course of treatment is 4 – 6 infusions over the course of 2 weeks. The most common side effect of infusion is a sense of dissociation from the body, as if floating or dreaming. Though normal, and often somewhat pleasant, some patients become agitated by this sensation. Trained staff closely monitor each patient, and can adjust or administer medication to ease any negative feelings.
The CRTCE Toronto clinic provides ketamine therapy for individuals who are seeing no significant positive changes from traditional oral medications. When combined with psychiatric/psychological therapy or counseling, ketamine has shown a remarkable success rate in treating chronic and resistant mental health conditions. Some patients report beneficial effects after only one treatment, and this rapid onset helps patients to feel as if they are making progress while still undergoing treatment, rather than the weeks or months that oral medications can take.
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