Ketamine infusion therapy may be the treatment for you!

How does ketamine infusion therapy work?

Ketamine has been used in medicine for decades and is known to be safe under the supervision of medical professionals. In hospitals, it is used as a safe and popular option for anesthesia with minimal side effects. It is actually on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of essential medication as one of the safest and most effective medicines needed in a healthcare system.

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist which at low doses gives the nervous system a chance to “reboot”. In fact, our doses are 900% lower than what is used in hospitals for anesthesia. It has been studied thoroughly in regards to medication resistant depression. When compared to oral antidepressants which can take up to 8 weeks to show effect, ketamine has shown benefit after the first treatment. Results have been seen within hours versus after weeks/months with traditional treatment.

What to expect?

  • First, you will be evaluated by both the doctor as well as a mental health professional to see if you are a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. This will also allow us to obtain a baseline before treatment is started.
  • We ask that patient not eat or drink up to 6 hours prior to their infusion appointment.
  • You will be brought back to our state-of-the-art facility and settle into a comfortable recliner.
  • An IV will be started in one of your arms by of our nurses with years of experience.
  • Relaxing medication will be given prior to the infusion which takes about 40 minutes to complete.
  • After the infusion, we will continue to assess you until you feel 100% and are safe to be brought home by your driver.
  • The initial infusion regimen consists of 2 treatments per week for 3 weeks, a total of 6 infusions.
  • After your 6th treatment you will have a follow-up appointment to assess if maintenance treatments are needed.

What are the side effects?

IV ketamine therapy is contraindicated (cannot be used) in those with untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Tachycardia (fast heart rate)
  • Vivid dreams

*Side effects are rare as our IV ketamine therapy dose is 900% lower than what is used for anesthesia. Our therapy is also given over a longer period of time. In the hospital, a larger dose is given rapidly while we give the treatment over 40 minutes.