Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962, and quickly gained notoriety as a “dissociative anesthetic” that could be used safely on the battlefields of Vietnam to treat wounded soldiers without compromising their ability to breathe well and maintain a good blood pressure.
Since then, Ketamine’s use has become a staple in ambulances, emergency departments and operating rooms across the country, and is particularly useful for procedures in the pediatric population given its unique properties. Amongst veterinarians, Ketamine has long been used as “horse tranquilizer, although it is used on a variety of animals for procedural sedation.
In fact, Ketamine’s safety and effectiveness profile is so good it is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Only those medicines that are most effective and safe make it to this list.
In recent months, Ketamine has had an exceptionally high profile in the media given its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, major depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar Illness and OCD.
At Sierra Ketamine Clinics, we infuse doses of ketamine that are only about 20% of what a child would receive for a sedation procedure. This “strategic dosing” is important to reduce side effects while optimizing receptor activity. Our goal is to give you just enough for it to work well, but not so much that you have unwanted side effects.
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