What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that for the last five decades has principally been used as a medication to provide anesthesia during surgical procedures in the operating room or painful procedures at other locations in the hospital.

Over the last decade, ketamine has had a resurgence. Originally, it was noticed that patients with complex regional pain syndrome who underwent surgery with ketamine anesthesia had considerable improvement in the state of this syndrome. This led researchers, including Robert Schwartzman, MD of Drexel University Medical School as well as researchers in Germany, to study the use of ketamine in cases of intractable complex regional pain syndrome. The results have been impressive, and as a result, the use of this medication in various forms has proliferated in the United States.

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Ketamine is now administered for a variety of diagnoses in many clinical settings delivered in many ways. To date, there is no resource that provides as much detailed information. We list treatment resources by:

  • Specialty
  • Delivery method
  • Diagnosis treated
  • Medical Board infractions with links to the detail

This resource provides additional dimension that is extremely important to patients: Medical Board Infractions by Ketamine Providers. We are not aware of other sites that research this information. The Ketamine Treatment Resource has researched state medical boards for infractions by providers who deliver this medication so that patients can have this information when choosing a provider. This is critical information that can avoid medical complications as a result of ketamine administration. Ketamine administration is a serious procedure that should be administered in an appropriate environment and patients should be evaluated properly and be concerned if providers have been sited for gross negligence or clinical incompetence. Patients should also be concerned if services are provided in inappropriate settings.

Our list is continually growing as new providers submit information about their services, and as the website looks for sites we have not yet included.

Please use the provided directory to determine the appropriate specialist to treat your diagnosis and seek care from providers with specialties relevant to the diagnosis and desired delivery methods.

Ketamine Treatment

ketamine treatmentKetamine is a synthetic compound that can be used both as an anesthetic and an analgesic drug. It has acquired a negative connotation because people have abused the substance, using it as a “party drug” because of its hallucinogenic effects in higher doses.

This substance is a powerful general anesthetic which will stop you from feeling chronic or intense pain, generally used for operations on humans and animals. The effects don’t last long, but until they wear off, ketamine can reduce sensation in the body, especially chronic pain. Ketamine is also becoming increasingly used as an alternative option for treatment of depression, especially when other more traditional substances have proven to be ineffective or inadequate.

Ketamine can be administered intravenously (injected into the vein), subcutaneously (just beneath the skin’s surface), or intramuscularly (directly into the muscle). Ketamine is a versatile substance that can be given in various forms, routes, and vehicles. It can be given both orally and topically for pain relief. Vehicles for application include liquids, gels, creams, and even lozenges.

Please note: The Ketamine Treatment Resource website does not endorse any of the providers listed here, but merely aggregates information for patient convenience. Evaluating the competence of the providers should be diligently performed by potential patients. We are merely a resource summarizing information available on the internet and cannot attest to the competence of any providers listed.