Ketamine Specialist

Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach

Khyber Zaffarkhan, D.O., FAAPMR

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist & Physical Medicine located in Newport Beach, CA

As a leading, innovative pain and wellness specialist, Khyber Zaffarkhan, DO, FAAPMR offers ketamine treatments to help relieve agonizing chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and more. Find out if you’re a candidate for ketamine therapy from Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach by scheduling an evaluation. You can book your appointment at this Newport Beach, California, office by calling or by using the online scheduler.

Ketamine Q & A

Why do I need ketamine?

Ketamine is a powerful medication that temporarily takes control of certain chemical receptors in your brain. When used therapeutically in low doses, ketamine can improve:


  • Migraines and chronic headaches
  • Fibromyalgia pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis


The benefit of ketamine for these chronic conditions is that the effects are almost immediate and can reduce or eliminate your need for painkillers — if you have a pain-causing condition. If you have severe migraines, for instance, ketamine can lessen your pain and help resolve issues with light and sound sensitivity.


If you battle with depression or anxiety, it can take weeks or months for antidepressants to take effect. It’s believed that ketamine stimulates the regrowth of connections between brain cells involved in your moods. You may benefit from ketamine therapy until your antidepressants work, or if you have severe depression, you might need regular ketamine treatments to help stabilize your moods.


How does ketamine treat fibromyalgia?

With fibromyalgia, you have an imbalance in your nervous system because you have abnormally high levels of neuropeptides. These chemicals act as neurotransmitters, which are responsible for communicating pain signals to your brain.


As a result, nerves become overly sensitive to normal sensations. You’re also more likely to have lower levels of serotonin and norepinephrine hormones, which are responsible for reducing stress and pain.


Ketamine is a potent NMDA receptor antagonist that reduces central nervous system and neurotransmitter activity. When prescribed in low doses, ketamine can safely decrease overactive nerve sensations and restore regular nerve activity.


Because of ketamine’s powerful effects, Dr. Z either injects the medication directly into a specific area if you have localized pain or delivers the medication through IV infusions. This way, it can target overactive nerve activity throughout your body.


If you have specific areas that are severely painful and sensitive, Dr. Z may also prescribe topical ketamine gels or creams to reduce nerve sensitivity further.


Can ketamine treat complex regional pain syndrome?

Yes! Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic and often progressive condition that leads to spontaneous pain. You may notice changes in skin color, an increase in body temperature, or sweating when pain kicks in.


With CRPS, ketamine blocks certain brain NMDA receptors that are responsible for pain signaling. Ketamine ultimately makes you less sensitive to pain caused by CRPS.

What happens during a ketamine infusion?

Dr. Z and his team perform ketamine infusions right in the office through an IV drip. After they place the IV in your arm, you can lie back and relax as the medication goes directly to your central nervous system.


Because a ketamine infusion takes about 30 minutes, you can bring a book or tablet to keep you occupied; some patients even take a short nap.


Even though ketamine infusions provide low doses of the drug for treating fibromyalgia pain, depression, or other condition, you’re still likely to be drowsy afterward. Plan on having a ride home, but know that you can return to your regular activities the following morning.


Though you might notice an improvement right away, it can take several days for ketamine to take full effect. But with each passing day, you should start feeling better, having decreased pain levels and improved moods.


Find out if ketamine treatments for fibromyalgia relief are right for you by calling Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach. You can also schedule a consultation online.