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Re: Tentative remission on ketamine beckett2

Posted by SLS on December 29, 2022, at 21:35:24

In reply to Tentative remission on ketamine, posted by beckett2 on December 29, 2022, at 20:53:47

> About seven months in, ketamine is working well. Decades of depression and untreated BP variations left behavioral scaring and maladaptive behavior, and I'll never be good as new. But I don't expect that.
> This is the only thing that has worked. I'm in my first maintenance phase, taking 200 mg every 7-10 days. Someday, maybe, once a month would be nice. The sessions are a bit of a chore.

Have you considered the intranasal administration of ketamine? I think one dose every 5 days works best. It's dirt-cheap. My doctor prescribed the ketamine, and I went to a compounding pharmacy to have the prescription filled. My guess is that a greater percentage of people will respond to I.V. Nevertheless, intranasal administration might be worth trying as a short-term experiment. A friend of mine reported a large improvement within 3 days of her first dose. She described her response to ketamine as being remission. One dose every 7 days was not sufficient to maintain the improvement. She has been stable taking one dose every 5 days.

> PS, people report good results for alcoholism, and I can see why. My sweet tooth is a life-long issue, and last month I realized I don't want chocolate. In fact, I had some that sat around for a month that I threw away. Maybe this is related? Idk.

For people with the "atypical" subtype of depression - which is actually the more typical presentation of depression - having a sweet-tooth, cravings for carbohydrates, increased appetite, and weight gain are common while in the depressed state. These represent the "reverse vegetative symptoms" of atypical depression (as compared to the "positive vegetative symptoms" of melancholic / endogenous depression.

The disappearance of your sweet-tooth might be an artifact of the remission of depression. This is a good sign, especially when one recovers sex-drive and feels less fatigued.

Are there any other vegetative symptoms that have disappeared since your response to ketamine?

Symptoms that resemble dysautonomia / sympathetic system dominance:

Increased heart rate.
The sensation of heart-palpitations.
Dry mouth.
Blurry vision.
Changes in bowels.
Global, non-localized aches and pains.
Cold tip of the nose.
Cold hands or feet.
Light or disrupted sleep.
Sensitivity to light.
Sensitivity to sound.
Decreased libido.
Vivid dreams.
Frequent infections.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.




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