Ketamine and Lamar Odom | Re/Born | New Documentary on Ketamine

Lamar Odom smiling after Ketamine Treatment.
Lamar Odom smiling after Ketamine Treatment.

Ketamine and Lamar Odom | Re/Born | New Documentary on Ketamine

In the new documentary, “Lamar Odom Re/Born,” the famous basketball player credits Ketamine, a revolutionary drug therapy, for his recovery from addiction, anxiety, and depression.

The documentary follows Odom as he goes through a curated therapy, which includes Ketamine injections, to work through past traumas and overcome self-defeating coping mechanisms.

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Lamar Odom and Ketamine

Odom’s journey to recovery, the theme of the new documentary, follows a near-death experience. In 2015, Odom was found unresponsive in a Las Vegas brothel. Odom suffered numerous heart attacks and strokes and spent several days in a coma after overdosing on cocaine.

Obviously, Odom survived. Doctors called him a walking miracle. His near-death experience was the catalyst that pushed Odom to change his life.

Odom told Good Morning America, “I went to rehab and did some other things, but ketamine came into my life at the right time.” He continues saying, “I’m feeling amazing…I’m alive. I’m sober. I’m happy.”

Odom further says that he attends to incorporate Ketamine therapy into his healthy living regime. “I don’t think I will stop it,” he said of the drug. “I wouldn’t want to try to stop…”

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a synthetic drug. The FDA first approved it in the 1970s as a short-acting anesthetic. Unfortunately, its psychedelic side effects made Ketamine a coveted party drug known as Special K.

However, over the years, comprehensive medical research demonstrated Ketamine’s effectiveness for improving treatment-resistant depression. The research was so promising that the Cleveland Clinic distinguished Ketamine as one of the most “innovative medical treatments of 2017” and earned “breakthrough” status for the drug by the FDA.

The National Institute of Mental Health director, Thomas Insel, MD, backed up the research saying, “Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”

What is Ketamine Therapy?

Currently, Ketamine,  injected in small amounts, provides an “off-label use” for depression, suicidality, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. In 2019, the FDA approved a nasal spray form of Ketamine, known as Esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression.

During a Ketamine treatment from Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center, Board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Sirak administers small doses of Ketamine in a comfortable, clinical setting.

Ketamine takes effect almost immediately and wears off within an hour or so after the injection or infusion. During the treatment, many patients experience an altered mental state. However, patients are still able to talk and walk.

For some patients, especially those who are experiencing suicidal feelings, Ketamine brings relief almost immediately.

Ketamine is best used in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment.

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Learn more about this innovative therapy to alleviate depression, anxiety, and addiction. Get started by scheduling a consultation with the medical professionals at Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center. Reach out online by filling out the form below or call Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center at 323-650-9883.

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H, Choo T, et al. Ketamine for rapid reduction of suicidal thoughts in major depression: a midazolam-controlled randomized clinical trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018;175(4):327-335. Link.

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Ketamine Treatment for Depression | Revolutionary Depression Treatment

Ketamine Treatment for Depression | Revolutionary Depression Treatment

Ketamine treatment for depression is a promising new therapy for improving treatment-resistant depression. Read on to learn more about the new depression treatment that the Cleveland Clinic calls one of the most “innovative medical treatments of 2017.”

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What is Ketamine Treatment?

Ketamine is a synthetic drug that was first found use on the battlefield as a short-lasting anesthetic. However, more and more clinical evidence emerges suggesting Ketamine to be a fast-acting treatment for the alleviation of severe depression and thoughts of suicide for individuals who do not respond to other treatments.

When used in therapeutic situations, Ketamine can be used off-label for various conditions and symptoms. These include:

  • Depression
  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain

Ketamine also comes in a nasal spray, known as Esketamine. This form of Ketamine is FDA-approved specifically for treatment-resistant depression.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Ketamine is not like your traditional SSRIs (such as Zoloft or Prozac) or Benzodiazepines (Valium or Xanax), which are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety. This is why researchers consider the discovery of Ketamine as “a new, rapidly acting class of drug with a completely novel mechanism” as “arguably the biggest breakthrough in the field of depression in over 60 years.”

Dr. John Krystal, chief psychiatrist at Yale Medicine and one of the pioneers of ketamine research, further explains the difference between Ketamine and traditional drugs for depression and anxiety. He comments, “with most medications, like Valium, the anti-anxiety effect you get only lasts when it is in your system. When the valium goes away, you can get rebound anxiety.” In comparison, Dr. Krystal explains, “When you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. It’s the reaction to Ketamine, not the presence of Ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects.”

Antidepressants regulate chemicals in the brain. Ketamine does not influence those chemicals. Instead, Ketamine promotes the production of glutamate. Glutamate impacts neuroplasticity. It allows the brain to physically restructure itself by creating new neuropathways. In other words, Ketamine enables the brain to “rewire” itself. Ketamine helps create new pathways (that facilitate new ways of thinking) which are resilient to depression, stress, and anxiety.

Ketamine’s novel mechanism of action is one reason why it helps people who do not respond to anti-depressants.

Fast-acting relief

Another advantage of Ketamine for depression is its near-instantaneous effects. This fast-acting drug can relieve suicidal thoughts and symptoms of severe depression within hours of the injection. This is quite different from traditional SSRIs that can take weeks to months to take effect.

Ketamine Treatment Near Me

Find out if Ketamine treatment for depression is right for you. Get started by contacting Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center, the leading Ketamine clinic in Los Angeles. Reach out online by completing the form below or call the clinic at 323-650-9883.

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Duman R. S. (2018). The Dazzling Promise of Ketamine. Cerebrum: The Dana forum on brain science2018, cer-04-18. LINK.

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