Ketamine for Migraines

You may have heard of “Special K,” a so-called “club drug” with hallucinogenic properties that can be dangerous when used recreationally … and ignorantly.

But like so many other drugs, ketamine (it’s proper name) can be a medicinal miracle-worker if taken under a physician’s supervision – especially for chronic migraine headache patients who have run out of options.

A migraine can be disabling for hours or even days at a time. It often occurs out of the blue and seemingly always at the most inopportune times. A throbbing pain or pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and heightened sensitivity to light and sound. Warning signs include an aura occurring right before the pain starts; flashes of light and blind spots in the eyes; and tingling on one side of your face or in an arm or leg.

In quantities unsafe for human use, ketamine is used as a horse tranquilizer and an anesthetic for elephants. Considerably smaller doses have been used as anesthesia during hospital surgeries. Now, in still smaller doses, ketamine can quickly and significantly reduce the severity of migraine auras and alleviate migraine pain for up to several weeks.

“It’s unconventional and not the first medication any migraine sufferer should try,” said Balcones Pain Consultants’ Dr. Matt McCarty, “but there are new studies showing remarkable success for those who cannot find relief from typical migraine treatments.”

Ketamine can be delivered in a carefully controlled setting via intravenous infusion at Balcones Pain Consultants, which has conveniently located offices in Austin, Buda, Cedar Park, Lockhart and Marble Falls. For more information, email or call the office nearest you.