IV Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine’s use for the treatment of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse is off-label and has not been approved by the FDA. However over several decades research has shown Ketamine therapies has helped to lessen or alleviate symptoms of many psychiatric disorders as well as help with chronic pain syndromes.

Benefits

Unlike conventional therapies, Ketamine has been associated with a rapid decrease in depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms. It also has been shown helpful with a variety of chronic pain syndromes and alleviating the cravings for drugs and alcohol. Ketamine has a unique effect in that it can work very rapidly with patients frequently seeing an improvement of their symptoms within hours of treatment. While the goal is an improvement of symptoms, results cannot be guaranteed, and there is no way to predict how any individual will respond to Ketamine infusion therapy. The effects may not be long-lasting and studies have shown that a minimum of 3 infusions treatments at weekly intervals increases the efficacy of treatment. Coupling Ketamine therapy along with psychotherapy and behavioral changes is designed to maximize benefit and sustain gains in treatment.

Procedure

You will have an IV line started so you can receive Ketamine. Your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation will be monitored throughout the infusion procedure under physician supervision. You will be given a sub-anesthetic dose of Ketamine by slow continuous infusion. The duration of the infusion should last about 1 hour. We may adjust the infusion rate during each infusion depending on how you are responding to maximize the effectiveness of each infusion. Adjuvant medications may also be administered if necessary such as anti-nausea medicine or a mild sedative.

A fewThings to expect after treatment:

  • You will remain resting for 60min after the Ketamine Infusion so you can be monitored for any unexpected side effects.
  • Common side effects 1-10% of patients: hallucinations, vivid dreams and nightmares, nausea, increased saliva production, dizziness, blurred vision, increased heart rate and blood pressure during infusion, out of body experience during infusion, change in motor skills.
  • Do not drive a car or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours after treatment as reflexes may be slow or impaired.
  • While the goal is improvement of symptoms, results cannot be guaranteed, and there is no way to predict how any individual will respond to Ketamine infusion therapy. The effects may not be long lasting and studies have shown that a minimum of 3 infusions treatments at weekly intervals increases the efficacy of treatment.
  • Coupling Ketamine therapy along with psychotherapy and behavioral changes is designed to maximize benefit and sustain gains in treatment. Make sure to continue care with your established primary care and/or mental health provider during and after the course of your Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
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