When faced with the prospect of death, most people feel anxiety and fear. They may also experience pain or other symptoms from medical conditions that make their day-today experience unbearable. Many conventional palliative medical treatments for end-oflife patients include higher doses of opioids and sedatives to keep them calm and painfree. Though these medications can help the patient feel relaxed in their final days, they often reduce alertness and cognitive function, making it difficult for patients to accept death and say goodbye. Family members can only watch helplessly as their loved one slowly slips away, unable to interact or even speak.
Thankfully, there's an alternative treatment that can alleviate end-of-life patient anxiety and help them feel more at peace with death, without affecting their ability to stay alert and engaged with family and friends. Online ketamine therapy may be an effective drug in the palliative care population because it may treat multiple conditions that are common in terminal patients. In addition, ketamine has the potential to help patients process emotions, creating stronger mental health resilience and wellness. Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication with a low side effect profile that may offer relief and hope during difficult times.
Ketamine is neither a barbiturate nor an opioid. It works by possibly blocking NMDA receptors in the brain. Essentially, ketamine may work by regulating Glutamate, an amino acid connected to certain mood disorders, like depression and anxiety. Ketamine may also reset the brain’s pain receptors, decreasing a person’s baseline degree of pain.
After therapy, many patients report a reduction in unpleasant symptoms like nausea, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and shortness of breath. Therapy may also provide relief from severe depression or other psychological distress. It might also help reduce the time spent in the hospital.
Patients who use psychedelic drugs and their derivatives, like ketamine, often say their ability to cope with existential concerns increased. Patients who receive psychedelics as part of their terminal illness treatment have also reported that they no longer fear death. They frequently say ketamine treatment was one of the most meaningful experiences of their life. They talk about feeling a sense of peace and connection with the universe.
Due to this sense of Oneness and from a reduction in pain or illness symptoms, their quality of life often improves significantly.
Ketamine therapy can not only help the patients themselves, but it may also offer benefits for their family members who are experiencing extreme stress during this difficult transition. The therapy might work to reduce feelings of guilt, anger, and sadness that are often associated with the death of a loved one. Families report that using ketamine for anxiety brought them closer to their feelings, helping them process their own sense of loss.
When we can learn to cope and connect fully with what's going on, stress can melt away, strengthening relationships and bringing closure.
Facing death is never easy, but it doesn't need to be unbearable. The right treatment can ease suffering and offer relief from distress, allowing patients and their families and friends to find peace with the situation. The end of life is a time for sharing memories and enjoying those final moments together.
The cost of online ketamine therapy may be a deciding factor for many end-of-life patients; however, Better U offers affordable options and trained clinicians that will offer compassion and guidance through the entire process. There are no complicated medical procedures or long waiting times to receive treatment. Many patients also find comfort in knowing they can manage their anxiety without becoming addicted to drugs like opioids and sedatives.
If you or a loved one are going through end-of-life care, please let us know how we can help.
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