Satyen Madkaiker, MD offers patients in the Jacksonville, Florida area relief from their treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders through the use of IV ketamine therapy. Dr. Madkaiker strongly believes in the power of ketamine therapy when it comes to severe depression and is currently taking on new patients.
With decades of experience in the management of severe mental illness and 12 years of experience using ketamine-assisted electroconvulsive therapy, Dr. Madkaiker is both knowledgable and practical in his approach to mental illness. Patients looking for ketamine therapy can contact his office to make an appointment for a free 15-minute consultation.
In addition to ketamine infusion therapy, Dr. Madkaiker offers a variety of treatments including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive therapy, and more.
– Ketamine infusion therapy
Dr. Madkaiker administers ketamine through an IV to ensure you get a steady dose appropriate for your body weight. The treatment lasts between 40-60 minutes, depending on the size of the dose. You’ll remain awake because you won’t receive a large enough dose to lose consciousness.
There’s a chance you’ll have an “out of body” experience or more subtle changes in your perceptions, such as seeing bright colors. Many patients find these side effects of ketamine pleasant, and Dr. Madkaiker and his team will make sure you feel safe and comfortable while you undergo ketamine infusion therapy. Dr. Madkaiker also recommends having a loved one in the room during the treatment.
The effects of ketamine wear off soon after treatment, and you’ll likely be able to leave within a half-hour of the end of the procedure. You shouldn’t drive a car, operate machinery, or make important decisions for 12 hours after the procedure, so make sure to arrange transportation home.
Ketamine has a bit of stigma and baggage given its history. While you may think of it as a “party drug” from the 1990s, there is a growing amount of research that says it has some positive potential. The more research our major institutions conduct, the less stigma there will be around these drugs. And if they can help people with drug-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc, then why wouldn’t we put these to use in proper, clinical settings?
This is primarily due to its stigma as a party drug. The truth is yes, ketamine is legal. In fact, it is only a Schedule III drug by the DEA. This puts it on the same level as Tylenol and codeine. So don’t let the baggage of this drug stop you from learning more about it. As always, ask your doctor if ketamine therapy is right for you.