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.
Conditions Ketamine Can Help
Mood Disorder Treatments
- Severe Chronic Depression
- Treatment-Resistant Depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Extreme Anxiety
- Postpartum Depression
- Bi-Polar Disorder (BPD)
Chronic Pain Treatments
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- And more…
Frequently Asked Questions
How likely is it that Ketamine will work for me?
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.
How does Ketamine work?
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.
Is Ketamine Infusion an outpatient procedure?
Yes. All infusions are conducted in our office where you will arrive and leave the same day.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor or psychiatrist?
No. But we will collaborate with your current treating provider as well as review your medical records and list of meds.
Will I be asleep during the procedure?
No. The dosage we administer is not high enough to produce that effect.
Is Ketamine safe?
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.
What are the side effects of Ketamine?
Side effects occur during treatment and generally end when the infusion is over. Possible side effects may include nausea, blurry vision, headaches, dizziness, an out-of-body feeling or hallucinations (though rare). Many of these side effects can be treated with other medications during the infusion.
Will I become addicted to Ketamine?
No. Unlike opioids, Ketamine is not addictive when administered professionally via IV infusion.
How many infusions will I need?
Responses to treatments vary, and it really depends on the problem that’s being treated. Those being treated for mood disorders often need fewer treatments than those suffering from chronic pain.
How long will I feel better?
You may feel better for several weeks to several months after a successful series of treatments.
Should I continue my medications?
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.
Is Ketamine covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, do not cover Ketamine Therapy.
Is there financing for Ketamine treatments?
People can finance for medical specific treatments through multiple different specialized companies such as Advance Care Credit or Care Card.
When can I head back to work?
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is non-surgical so you will be able to return to work the very next day.
Do I have to fast before treatment?
Yes. You should stop consuming food at least 8 hours prior to treatment. Stop consuming liquids at least 2 hours prior to treatment.
Can I drive myself home?
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