Ketamine infusions are highly effective for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and PTSD. If you have not experienced relief from your symptoms after trying several other treatments, ketamine infusions may be exactly what you need. Ketamine is effective for up to 70% of patients, and our clinic has seen this high success rate first-hand in the relief it brings our patients.
Every individual is different. Some patients respond positively to ketamine within hours of their first infusion while other patients need 2-3 treatments to begin feeling relief. The intensity of the relief also differs from one patient to the next. Some patients feel as though a light has been turned on in their life. Others begin to feel relief more slowly and subtly.
Prior to your first infusion, it is important that you refrain from eating solid foods, milk, pulpy juices, or soup for 4-hours before your appointment. You may drink water and clear liquids, Gatorade, apple juice, and black coffee or tea until 2-hours before your infusion.
Please arrive at our office 15-minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Once you are settled into one of our comfortable treatment rooms, we will place an small IV and set monitors for your vital signs. Once the infusion begins, you may feel a mild sense of dissociation, or slight dizziness. You will remain awake and able to communicate your needs during the course of your infusion. Most patients prefer to relax and listen to music rather than converse with friends or family. Occasionally some patients experience mild nausea while receiving ketamine infusions. We will administer a fast-acting anti-nausea medication to those who experience this side effect. Other possible experiences during a ketamine infusion might include mild, non-threatening hallucinations, or a subtle sensitivity to light, color and sound. Most patients are not bothered by these side effects.
After your infusion ends the ketamine infusion sensations and side effects quickly dissipate. We will monitor you for about 30-minutes or until we feel it is safe to release you into the care of a friend or relative. You may not drive or operate machinery for 24-hours post infusion.
The answer varies on an individual basis. The starting protocol is to receive a series of 6 infusions over a two to three week period. Most patients will know if ketamine will be effective for them after 3 or 4 treatments. Occasionally it may take more than 6 treatments for a patient to meet their treatment goals. Some patients feel lasting relief after their initial series and never need another infusion. Some patients may require maintenance infusions at varying intervals.
Common side effects of ketamine include mild dissociative effects, as well as sensitivity to color, light and sound. Less common side effects include nausea—which we are able to treat by administering a fast-acting anti-nausea medication along with your infusion—and mild, non-threatening hallucinations. Most side effects wear off within 1-2 hours of the infusion.
The protocol at Relief IV is to perform ketamine infusions for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD and pain.
Never stop taking any of your medications without explicit instruction from your prescribing physician. During your initial consultation, we will review your medication list and determine if there are any contraindications between the medications you are currently taking and the ketamine.