BREAKTHROUGH IN MENTAL HEALTH
Once a drug has been approved by the FDA for one purpose, healthcare providers may prescribe it for other purposes when they are deemed medically appropriate for the patient. This practice of prescribing a drug for a purpose other than its original intended use is known as “off-label.” This is not uncommon though. Up to 70% of medications prescribed today are “off-label” for at least one use. Although ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic, it is being used off-label in sub-anesthetic doses for the treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar depression, PTSD, migraines, and chronic pain.