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Ketamine being used in new treatments for vets

NBC News
December 29, 2016 12:27 PM

A new treatment center is giving patients with depression, PTSD, and chronic pain new hope.

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"Ketamine is a drug that's been around for 50 or so years. We've been using it in the operating rooms, in the emergency rooms as a general anesthetic," said Dr. Steven Reichbach.

Now it’s being used to combat depression, chronic pain, many mood and anxiety disorders, most notably PTSD.

"Some of them in large percentages have shown incredible, almost miraculous, improvements in their depressive symptoms, their moods, ability to sleep which they weren't able to before," said Dr. Reichbach.

For a normal treatment session at this Gulf Coast Ketamine Center in Sarasota, FL. you would sit in a comfortable chair and relax as a set amount of Ketamine.

"We start an intravenous in one of their hands and we infuse medication at a set dose. Each patient is obviously given a set care plan by myself," said Dr. Reichbach.

The clinic is reaching out to a lot of vets with PTSD and depression in an effort to help the men and women who have sacrificed so much.

"That's what we want to do, is help the people who have helped us," said Dr. Reichbach.

It’s being considered the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.

"When you have something, you know, that's 70-80% effective with dramatic results. You can't believe that it's actually true. But I can tell you first hand it's true, it works," said Dr. Reichbach.

Researchers at the clinic say in some cases patients find themselves not needing to other medications anymore.

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