On the day of each infusion, you will need someone to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home as the ketamine will leave you a little tired.
- Please wear comfortable, loose clothing so we are able to easily place the cardiac monitor leads under your shirt.
- Bring a light blanket of your choice.
- You may bring headphones and listen to the music of your choosing, preferably something soothing to you.
Infusion times vary depending on the disease we are treating. We will pretreat you with nausea medication when you first arrive at the center as ketamine can cause some nausea in a minority of patients. We recommend you eat a light meal or snack on infusion day. Infusions are given in private rooms. Patients do not usually sleep as the dose given is lower than an anesthetic dose. The infusion for mood disorders generally lasts about an hour, while for pain disorders, can be several hours. Most effects of the medicine wear off within minutes after the infusion, but patients can feel more tired than usual for a few hours after the infusion. Ketamine is generally well-tolerated, but if any side effects are encountered such as visual disturbances or elevated blood pressure, our staff will quickly give IV medications to counteract them. After infusions are completed, the duration of symptom relief can be variable. Most patients will feel well for 1-2 months, but some can respond for up to 6 months. Single booster infusions can be scheduled to achieve symptom relief again, and generally, no more is needed than a single booster infusion to achieve a similar length of symptom relief.
If you have suffered from Mood Disorders:
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorders
If you have suffered from Chronic Pain Syndromes:
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- TMJ syndrome
- Neuropathic pain
And have been refractory to standard therapies you may be a good ketamine treatment candidate. If you have been under a physician’s care and already tried recommended medical therapies but are not feeling better, you may be considered for ketamine treatment. You must be under the care of a psychiatrist, primary physician, or pain specialist to be considered for treatment. Patients that are on MAO-I type medications such as Isocarboxazid (Marplan), Phenelzine (Nardil), Selegiline (Emsam), or Tranylcypromine (Parnate), need to be tapered off their medication 2 weeks prior to infusions. Patients that are on high doses of benzodiazepines such as Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepan (Ativan), Clonazepam (Klonopin), or Diazepam (Valium) may consider decreasing to lower doses prior to infusion, but they may remain on these medications during the infusion time. We do not offer treatment to patients who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. If you have alcohol or substance use disorder, please notify your physician, as some patients are still eligible for treatment. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you are not a good candidate for treatment. If you have uncontrolled hypertension, congestive heart failure, or cardiac disease, we must optimize your medical regimen prior to treatment. Please contact us with any questions about your eligibility.
Ketamine infusions typically are not covered by insurance carriers. Treatments are considered an out-of-pocket expense. We will provide you with our billing sheets so you can submit them to your insurance company, but we do not directly do preauthorizations with insurance companies.
Infusion cost includes every aspect of treatment, with no added costs.
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- Contact us to determine an appropriate treatment plan and determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine.
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Most of the time, yes. However, the provider will review all your medications during your consultation.
We are always accepting new patients—no referral required.