Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Ketamine is a drug used for anesthetic purposes in children, adults, and animals. Ketamine is known to be effective in the treatment of depression, bipolar, PTSD, and other mental disorders. Mental disorders such as bipolar depression cause damage to one's memory, learning, and higher thinking abilities. Ketamine helps restore the part of the brain that is damaged within a short amount of time.
We treat patients with severe depression, and those who have a history of being resistant to treatment. Meaning they have not had positive responses to available antidepressant medications or those recommended by their physicians or mental health providers. While we are not able to predict how one will respond to ketamine treatments, statistics prove that 2 out of 3 patients experience a significant change in their mood and 3 out of 4 patients no longer contemplate suicide. After a couple treatments, we will be able to tell whether ketamine is beneficial for you.
No. As long as you're referred by a licensed mental health professional, and are a candidate for ketamine treatment, we will see you.
The infusion will last up to an hour. You will be conscious during this process.
There are no medications that will interfere with ketamine treatment. You will not have to cease taking any medications/antidepressants in order to be treated.
You will initially have 6 stabilization treatments. You will have a follow up visit 30 days after your 6th Ketamine infusion. Booster infusions are done if needed.
No, there are no health or addiction risks with ketamine therapy. Ketamine has been safely used for over fifty years on several patients within hospitals. Although ketamine has a history of being abused as a hallucinogen, it is not addictive or harmful, especially not at the small dosage you will be receiving.
Yes. Ketamine treatments for depression do not require being admitted to the hospital.
There are virtually no medical conditions that will keep you from receiving a ketamine infusion. However, extremely high blood pressure or heart failure will need to be attended to before we can treat you.
Normally within a day or two of your call. However, if your case is urgent we can see you the same day.
Yes, ketamine is completely safe as it will be administered under a highly controlled setting with a physician monitoring you. Off Label simply means that the FDA initially approved ketamine to treat a condition other than depression. Recently, however, ketamine has been proven to greatly help those battling with severe mental disorders.
No, we do not accept Medicare or any other insurance plans. Because Ketamine is an Off Label drug, insurance companies will not cover its use for treating depression. We accept credit card, cashiers check or money orders only, no checks.
Bring a government issued I.D. with you for your first appointment. You will also be required to a have a friend or family member drive you to and from your infusion appointments.
You will have an IV in your hand or arm to expedite the infusion of ketamine. During the course of the infusion, we will monitor your vital signs. The process is not painful in any way, and can even be relaxing for some. There are a few patients who experience dissociative symptoms during their infusion, but these are short lived. If you are ever uncomfortable there are medications we can give you to make your infusion more pleasant. Some possible side effects include blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, and a sense of floating.
There is a $100 cancellation fee if you fail to notify us within 48 hours of your appointment.