Frequently Asked Questions
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic and analgesic medicine that has been safely used in both adults and children since the 1960’s.
Ketamine works in the brain via the NMDA glutamate system. Some of ketamine’s effects are not exactly known at this time. Research and electro-spectrometry images have shown that ketamine actually works to rebuild synapses and reverse atrophy, healing broken pathways in the brain.
Although rare with the small doses used for ketamine infusions for mood disorders, some patients may experience side effects. These include some dissociative effects such as floating, blurry vision, and dizziness. Others include elevations in blood pressure, heart rate, nausea, and drowsiness. All of the possible side effects are short lived. We are prepared for these possible side effects and have the ability to adjust the infusion or treat the side effect with medications.
Most patients see relief lasting 1-3 months after the initial 6 treatments before needing a booster infusion. Unfortunately, ketamine infusions are not a cure for mood disorders, only a way of treating the symptoms.
Typically the best results occur when someone has at least 6 infusions over a 2 week period.
Ketamine infusions are not covered by insurance. Therefore, it is self-pay. Your initial ketamine infusion treatment, if seen by the nurse practitioner will cost $500, otherwise each treatment costs $425. We accept credit cards, debit cards, cashier’s checks, cash, and Advance Care financing. We have worked hard to minimize our overhead thereby giving our patients the lowest cost per infusion.
You will need to have someone accompany you to the appointment to drive you home. Please dress comfortably. We will need access to both arms. Please feel free to bring headphones to listen to music during your treatment.
Any uncontrolled medical conditions should be optimized prior to treatment but specifically any uncontrolled heart conditions such as abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, valvular conditions, high blood pressure and liver disease.