Many people have questions about ketamine treatments—we have answers!

Are You a Candidate?

For the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders, ketamine infusions are 70% effective. Are you a candidate? 


The antidepressant properties of ketamine were discovered in the early 1990s, though thorough research did not begin until the early part of the century. Today, ketamine is regarded as one of the most effective antidepressants available. Here are answers to commonly asked questions about ketamine treatments.


Are Ketamine Infusions Safe?

Of course! In fact, Ketamine is listed on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. It has actually been in use as an anesthetic since the 1960’s. It has only recently garnered adoption as an equally effective alternative treatment for depression. When used in the operating room, the dosage is much higher than when administered as an antidepressant. As a result, it does not produce any disassociative effects. However, despite the low dose, it has shown to be effective at reducing negative thought patterns, preventing destructive behavior, and calming anxious minds. When safely administered by a qualified medical professional, there is nothing to worry about except your recovery.


What is the Success Rate of Ketamine for Depression?

The studies speak for themselves: upwards of 70% of patients experience noticable symptom relief. A dramatic improvement from the typical success rate traditional antidepressants have at 40%. Some patients experience immediate relief while others experience a gradual improvement. While individual results may vary, what can be expected is an overall improvement in outlook and attitude. Given the high rate of success, and relatively low risk, there is little to lose except your stress.


How Should I Prepare for My First Ketamine Infusion?

Quaifying for ketamine infusions is simple, but can take some time. Usually a patient will qualify as a candidate if they have not received adequate relief from two or more traditional antidepressant medications.

Once qualified, a few simple intake forms are required to be completed in order to assess your current state, medications, and your expectations for the treatment. Sometimes, this will require a signature from your physician or mental health care provider.

On the day of your first infusion, it is important to mainain a special diet to reduce the chances of developing any nausea from the treatment. Typically, this means avoiding acidic juices, and other similar foods that may irritate your gastrointestinal tract. Please arrive at the clinic at least 15-minute prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure that you have everything ready for the doctors.

Each patient will have the intravenous solution administered in one of our comfortable, private treatment rooms. During this process, your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels are closely monitored. The typical treatment for depression lasts 40-45 minutes, and the treatment for chronic pain varies. Some last for up to 4 hours based on the severity of the condition.

During the infusion, you will remain awake, but some patients experience some mild side effects. It is common for some to experience dizziness or even softly hallucinate. Occasionally, some patients develop nausea, so we are also equipped and ready to adminsiter anti-nausea medication should the need arise. Most patients listen to music and unwind while they wait for their infusion to complete.

Following each infusion, we prefer each patient to remain at the clinic for 30-minutes. This is just so we can ensure your treatment is well received, and so we can answer any questions you may have. Most residual side effects only last for the first 2-hours following administration, but we still ask that you not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24-hours post-infusion.


How is Ketamine Administered?

While ketamine is most commonly delivered intravenously, a few other methods are also used: intranasally, and sublingually to name a few. However, due to the reduced bioavailablity, these delivery methods typically require either larger concentrated doses or more frequent applications to be equally useful. As a front-line treatment for psychiatric and physical conditions, our clinic therefore practices administering ketamine intravenously to all of our patients.


How Many Ketamine Infusions Will I Need?

Thanks to the increased bioavailability of the intravenous delivery method, most first time patients opt for an initial cycle of 4-6 infusions. Interestingly enough, the research has shown that ketamine is most effective when adminstered serially over the course of two weeks. For most patients, this offers a great opportunity to shift out of a painful or harmful point in life and directly into one that offers new opportunity. Following the initial infusions, patients that find further treatment necessary may do so on an as-needed basis to keep their symptoms at bay.


Should I stop taking my other medications?

According to the leading research on ketamine, when used as a treatment for depression and pain, it is most effective when combined with an SSRI and regular psychotherapy. Unless otherwise specified by your doctor, you should continue to take your regular medications in addition to any infusions you receive. During your initial consultation, we will review your current medications and guide you through the process.


Is Ketamine a Recreational Drug?

Some drugs are more potent and produce stronger effects than others. This means that more preparation is necessary in order to use certain drugs most effectively. Ketamine falls into this category. Therefore, it is important to remember that while ketamine was once considered a recreational drug, it is not inherently harmful. In fact, it has many more therapeutic uses than most other drugs do. When safely administered in a doctors office as a treatment for depression or pain, it is actually quite a healthy activity.


Could I Become Addicted to Ketamine?

Due to the unique adminsitration process — being limited to clinic use only — the risk of addiction or abuse is relatively low.  There has not been any significant evidence that describes ketamine as an addicitive substance. Therefore, we gladly explain to each of our patients that it is not physically or psychologically addictive.

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