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What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a standard anesthetic that we administer at low dosages to successfully address treatment-resistant mood disorders and chronic pain. Ketamine is a safe alternative to standard anti-depressants and painkillers because it does not suppress the body’s heart rate or breathing like so many other anesthetics.

Intravenous (IV) infusion is the standard method of delivery for Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Ketamine is fast acting, which means results for those with mood disorders are achieved in a matter of hours or days as opposed to weeks as with conventional medications. Ketamine for chronic pain sufferers can also be a more effective and longer-lasting solution than standard addictive painkillers. Individual results may vary, but studies have shown that up to 70% of Ketamine-treated patients experience symptom relief.

What to expect from your Ketamine Visit

Conditions Ketamine
Can Help

Mood Disorder
Treatments:
Chronic Pain
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Frequently Asked Questions

There is still a lot of ongoing research but current findings show that it promotes growth of neural networks in just one hour. Current studies are focused on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which boosts neural activation. Ketamine is also a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps with chronic pain.
Yes. All infusions are conducted in our office where you will arrive and leave the same day.
IV Ketamine infusions for mood disorders are not covered by insurance. Although we do not accept insurance, we can provide a bill for chronic pain infusions. to submit to your insurance carrier. Some insurances will cover ketamine for pain, and we suggest you call your insurance carrier prior to treatment.
Very likely! Ketamine Infusion can help people suffering from treatment-resistant mood disorders like depression or chronic pain. Some people experience improvements within hours of treatment but for others it may take a few days. Recent data shows that up to 70% of patients will experience significant improvement of their symptoms.
Yes. Ketamine Infusions are administered in doses that are far below those used to anesthetize children and the elderly. There have never been any long-term side effects to Ketamine introduced intravenously.
No, which is why we ask you to have a designated driver accompany you to the procedure. We also ask that you refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours from the time you were treated
Antidepressants, SSRIs and other psychotropic meds should be continued as usual. However, high doses of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin) will render Ketamine ineffective. Consult with your doctor and with ours.
The goal for an infusion for a mood disorder is to be only lightly sedated and not fall asleep so that you are able to recall your entire experience. You should feel calm and able to focus on your thoughts but still be responsive and able to communicate. Our goal is not to bother you but let you feel tranquil and experience your infusion. Although chronic pain infusions are also administered at sub-anesthetic doses, these infusions last longer and are slightly higher doses, and often patients fall into light sleep. However, they are able to be woken up and communicate at any time.
Side effects can occur during treatment and are generally mild. They usually end when the infusion is over. Normal side effects include feeling floaty or disconnected and sedated. These are expected and usually well-tolerated. Some people also feel a little bit of nausea We pretreat almost all patients with anti-nausea medication to avoid this. Heart rate and blood pressure can increase but usually don’t result in discontinuation of treatment and can easily be treated if necessary.
No. Unlike opioids, Ketamine is not addictive when administered professionally via IV infusion.
Financing is available only with an advance care card.
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Yes. You should stop consuming food at least 8 hours prior to treatment. Stop consuming clear liquids at least 2 hours prior to treatment.

Examples of clear liquids are tea, plain coffee (no milk or cream), water, ginger ale, jello. Some liquids that are not clear are milk and orange juice.
You may feel better for several weeks to several months after a successful series of treatments.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is non-surgical so you will be able to return to work the very next day.
Responses to treatment vary; patients being treated for mood disorders often need 6 infusions over 2-4 weeks as a starter. Intermittent maintenance/booster infusions are often then need 1-3 months thereafter.Chronic pain infusions usually require 3-5 infusions within one week to start and then require intermittent boosters every 6 weeks to 3 months. Boosters vary for both types of infusions and are individualized. Continuous communication between the patient and the doctor is important and will determine how often booster infusions are needed.
We do expect a note from your treating physician confirming your diagnosis as well as a review of your medical in order for us to provide the safest treatment for you.

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