What to Expect
During your consultation appointment, we will evaluate your condition, review your treatment history, and plan for your personalized ketamine infusion treatment.
On the day of your infusion treatment, an IV will be gently started in your hand or arm. Your vital signs will be closely monitored during the entire course of your treatment.
Once the ketamine infusion is started, you may eventually begin to notice feelings of being “disconnected”, “floating” sensation, blurry vision, and/or a heightened perception to sound, light, and colors. Patients often state that they feel “odd”, “different”, or “dream-like”. You may find it more relaxing to wear headphones and listen to soothing music, wear an eye cover, and/or just lay back and take a nap during your treatment.
Once the infusion is complete, these feelings will begin to dissipate within 15 minutes. Patients are typically monitored for approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
Depression Disorder Patients:
It is recommended that you receive a series of 6 infusions (1 hour each) over 2 to 3 weeks. This is necessary to reset and restore the neural pathways and allow relief of your treatment-resistant condition. Even though most patients see improvement after their 1st or 2nd infusion, it is important to complete the whole series for longer relief of your symptoms.
For those who don’t see improvements after the 2nd or 3rd infusion, we may stop further treatment. If ketamine does improve your mood, outlook, and functionality, we suggest that you complete your series to maximize ketamine’s benefits.
After completion of your initial ketamine series, occasional maintenance (booster) infusions may be scheduled on an as-needed basis to maintain desired relief from symptoms. The length of time between maintenance infusions varies widely and is dependent on the individual’s unique condition.
Indicated for: Major Depression, Bipolar Depression, Unipolar Depression, Postpartum Depression, Suicidal Ideations, Severe Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Chronic Pain Disorder Patients:
Research studies have shown that a longer length infusion may be necessary and more effective in treating chronic pain disorder patients. It is recommended that you receive five 4-hour long infusions, typically done within 5 days. Although, patients can have profound relief in as little as one infusion, most patients will notice longer lasting results after the full course of treatment is completed. Maintenance (booster) infusions may be scheduled on an as-needed basis to maintain desired relief from symptoms.
Indicated for: Chronic Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Phantom Limb Pain, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia / Trigeminal Neuralgia, Cancer Pain Syndrome, Opioid Resistant Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Refractory Migraine Headaches