Ketamine offers a potential novel treatment for adults living with depression and anxiety as well as chronic pain. Our practice is offering IV ketamine therapy. The practice is staffed by trained anesthesiologist well-versed in administration of IV therapies including ketamine.
Intravenous ketamine can potentially help you with your depression, mood and chronic pain. If you are struggling with any of these complaints, please call the office today to schedule an appointment.
Intravenous Ketamine Infusion Q&A
What is ketamine?
Ketamine is a drug used in anesthesia for many years. It is a complete anesthetic that provides analgesia as well as sedation. At lower doses it has the ability to help alleviate pain as well as anxiety and depression.
Ketamine may also potentially work directly on the brain creating new synapsis for longer term relief of symptoms.
What conditions can be treated with ketamine?
Anxiety and depression Bipolar disorder Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) Central pain syndrome (CPS) Fibromyalgia Neuropathic pain.
How does IV ketamine work?
Ketamine is known to block NMDA receptors in the brain. These receptors are known to manage pain perception.
Anxiety and depression as well as chronic pain may be altering the synaptic connections in your brain. Ketamine therapy potentially has a therapeutic effect on the synapsis. The benefit is noticed within hours. Repeated treatments appear to provide longer term relief of symptoms.
Ketamine can be administered through various modalities. Most effective modalities are IV infusion and nasal spray.
The medication is administered as a slow infusion over about an hour. Your physiologic function is monitored carefully while this is being infused.
What is the success rate?
Reported success rate is about 70-75%.
What potential problems can occur with ketamine infusion therapy?
Ketamine has a potential to increase your heart rate and blood pressure as well as potentially trigger seizure or even worsen psychosis. Therefore, patients with epilepsy, seizures, schizophrenia and uncontrolled hypertension or serious cardiovascular problems should avoid this therapy. Ketamine can also cause nausea and vomiting. Recommendation is not to have anything to eat for 6 hours prior and avoid drinking liquids for at least 2 hours prior to the infusion. Other sedative medications can potentially affect the ketamine treatment including benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin as well as stimulants such as amphetamine administered around the time of the ketamine infusion.
Can I get addicted to ketamine?
Ketamine is a schedule III substance by the DEA. It has a potential for causing psychological dependence. Tolerance to the medication can potentially occur with prolonged treatment. Abuse of the substance is also possible resulting in addiction.
How long can the potential ketamine benefits last?
It is reported that a single infusion can last from about 2 days and as long as 2 weeks. A series of 6 infusions can last from weeks to months. Usually, a booster is needed to maintain the benefits. It is recommended that if you are seeing some benefit after 1 or 2 treatments that you undergo 6 infusions within the first 2 weeks.
Will I need to see my psychiatrist and/or therapist?
It is expected that you will continue to see your psychiatrist and therapist.
How is ketamine infusion compared to standard treatment?
Ketamine is considered a treatment of last resort. It is expected that you have tried the standard treatments for your medical condition. It is recommended that you continue with your medication therapy with psychiatrist and psychotherapist.
How much does the ketamine treatment cost?
Initial consultation fee is $250. Each of ketamine infusion costs $500. Unfortunately, it is not covered by standard insurance. Ketamine infusion therapy is considered to be an off-label use of the medication and is not a service reimbursed by insurance. You may use your HSA account. We offer affordable bundle rates.