Is ketamine right for me?
You may be a candidate for IV ketamine infusions if you suffer from depression, certain anxiety disorders, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) This includes major depressive disorder, bipolar depression, and postpartum depression. Patients with recurrent thoughts of suicide, who need immediate mood stabilization, will often benefit from ketamine infusion therapy. For patients who have been diagnosed with treatment resistant depression, anxiety or PTSD and have not found relief with oral medications, ketamine may be an especially beneficial treatment. Some patients who wish to avoid side effects associated with more traditional treatments may also desire ketamine treatment.
What happens during an infusion?
Do I need a referral?
What conditions might preclude me from receiving ketamine infusions?
Schizophrenia or acute mania
Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
Active alcohol or drug misuse or abuse
Allergic reactions to ketamine
Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
Other conditions based on clinical
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.
Can I take ketamine orally or nasally?
Should I stop my current medications?
How many infusions will I need?
The total length of treatment is highly dependent on each individual. A series of 6 infusions may last anywhere from weeks to months, and often a single booster infusion when effects are wearing off can restore response.
There is research to suggest that in order for the effects of ketamine to be sustained, a maintenance regimen is needed. For those who have not had long-standing chronic depression, it may last much longer than that.
How well does ketamine work?
How much does it cost?
In person consultation with labs (if needed): $75