Ketamine Infusions for Migraine Headache Treatment
Migraines are severe throbbing or pulsating headaches that are usually on just one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Those who suffer from migraine or chronic headaches respond extremely well to off-label IV ketamine therapy.
Those who suffer from chronic pain can be susceptible to becoming opioid-dependent. Low dose IV Ketamine Therapy has been clinically shown to be an effective treatment for migraine sufferers by blocking the pain signals of the nervous system. Improvement may be seen within hours of treatment with minimal side effects.
Ketamine for Chronic and Migraine Headache Treatment Protocol
- 1-hour low-dose ketamine infusion: 40 minutes of active infusion and a 20-minute active recovery before being released to go home.
- The low-dose infusions typically start around 0.5 mg/kg/hr and may be adjusted to the response of the patient.
- Initial series of 1-2 infusions administered over several weeks.
- Followed by maintenance infusion every 3-5 weeks.
The number and frequency of IV ketamine for chronic pain treatments are variable from patient to patient depending on factors such as the severity of the symptoms, the other medications a patient may be on, and the patient’s response to the treatments.