Post-traumatic stress can be a challenge to manage, but repeated IV ketamine infusions appear to be effective. Psychiatrists at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and Med School report this finding from their randomized, controlled study of 30 patients with chronic PTSD.
The experimental group received 6 infusions of ketamine at 0.5 mg/kg over 14 days while the controls received midazolam at 0.045 mg/kg. When the data were tabulated, those that received the ketamine were 3 times more likely to enjoy a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms. The ketamine responders’s response persisted for nearly one month.
More studies are underway, but this is a hopeful avenue of therapy.
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