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INITIALLY A BATTLEFIELD ANESTHETIC, KETAMINE IS A BURGEONING TREATMENT FOR NEUROPATHIC PAIN

“Horse tranquilizer,” “Special K,” and other misnomers. For much of its known existence, ketamine has been maligned and misunderstood. Discovered in the ’60s and used as a surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War, ketamine is now garnering attention for its therapeutic properties when used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and neuropathic pain.

NAVIGATING THE CLASSES OF MEDICATIONS USED TO TREAT NEUROPATHIC PAIN: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

People living with neuropathic pain face an uphill battle in their efforts to achieve symptom relief, often requiring a combination of therapies when medication options are not as effective as patients and doctors would hope. Prescription medications are a common treatment for chronic pain and can provide marked pain relief when prescribed wisely. However, side effects are common and can deter some individuals from taking the appropriate dose, and the desired pain reduction sometimes falls short of expectations.