Exploring the Connection Between TMS and Ketamine

If you struggle with ongoing conditions such as treatment-resistant depression or anxiety, you may have tried several types of treatment in your quest for relief. When traditional forms of treatment such as medication(s) and psychotherapy aren’t helping to the extent that you’d like, it may be time to explore alternative options. Ketamine infusion therapy has the potential to improve symptoms of chronic conditions, and is sometimes used in conjunction with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Although the combination of these treatments is still being studied, existing findings show positive results. Interested in learning more about TMS and if it can be used in conjunction with ketamine? We share more about these treatments below:

What Is TMS?

TMS is a non-invasive procedure that’s performed by stimulating nerve cells within the brain with repetitive magnetic pulses. It’s most commonly used to treat depression in individuals who haven’t found success with conventional therapies. When you receive a TMS session, an electromagnetic coil will be placed on the scalp to deliver the magnetic pulses. The procedure is painless and is believed to work by activating parts of the brain that aren’t functioning optimally. Although TMS is generally considered safe, it can cause mild side effects including headache, scalp discomfort, tingling or spasms of facial muscles, and lightheadedness.

Can TMS Be Used With Ketamine?

If you’re interested in getting the best results from TMS, it may be beneficial to use it in combination with ketamine infusion therapy. Both ketamine and TMS often have positive effects for individuals with treatment-resistant depression and/or anxiety, and combining these two therapies has been shown to provide longer-lasting relief. Although there’s still more to learn about how these forms of treatments work together, it’s believed that ketamine and TMS are complementary and may provide faster results when administered in short succession.

Individuals coping with the challenges of treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, or PTSD understand the frustration of trying many options to no avail. If you’ve been down this road before and are ready to find freedom from your symptoms, TMS in conjunction with ketamine infusion therapy may be an avenue to consider. Our team of doctors at Infuse Ketamine would love to work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs, and we’re happy to refer you to a practice that provides TMS. To learn more about the process of creating a ketamine infusion plan, please contact our team.

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