Ketamine is gaining popularity as an alternative treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. However, it is not for everyone. In fact, some people are not good candidates for this treatment because of their medical or psychiatric history or medications. This article discusses who is not a good candidate for ketamine therapy and some factors that may contribute to this.
A person who has an allergy to ketamine or a history of adverse reactions to this medication is not a good candidate for a ketamine infusion. This is because the allergy or reaction to ketamine could cause complications such as dizziness, confusion, or changes in perception. These side effects are temporary and will not persist after the infusion is over, but they can be serious. Therefore, it is essential for an individual to discuss their medical history and any medications they are taking with a psychiatrist or psychologist before pursuing ketamine infusion therapy.
Another factor that might prevent a patient from undergoing ketamine infusion therapy is if they are already taking antihypertensive medications, corticosteroids, or propranolol. In addition, ketamine can interfere with a number of different drugs and should not be taken with certain prescriptions, including benzodiazepines.
Patients with severe, treatment resistant anxiety can benefit from ketamine infusion therapy. This form of treatment can be used as a standalone or in conjunction with other psychological therapies and/or medication. In these cases, a therapist will determine the best course of action based on the patient’s unique needs and circumstances.