Patient Information

  • We will have you meet with our Nurse Practitioner who will perform an exam and a baseline mood assessment. She/he will coordinate with your MHP and make sure they are a part of your treatment.
  • We will schedule your treatment keeping in mind your scheduling needs. We understand Monday thru Friday may not be the best option for you.
  • Many people can experience relief in the first session. To obtain the longest period of relief, it is recommended to have 6 infusions over a 2 week period. We can pre-schedule these for you.
  • If the treatment is working, you may need a booster infusion after 1-3 months. This is normally how ketamine works.
  • Ketamine is not a cure, nor does it replace the medicines you are currently taking.
  • We will perform a brief interview and physical assessment to make sure nothing has changed with your physical condition.
  • We will ask you to use the restroom and then get comfortable in our quiet, peaceful treatment area.
  • An IV line will be started to infuse the medication. You will be connected to all of our monitoring equipment before we begin.
  • We will be monitoring your vital signs during the entire infusion.
  • The infusion time will be approximately 40 minutes. During this time we will not disturb you. However, we will be observing you to ensure your safety. You may listen to music and relax as it feels best to you.
  • You will be kept for at least 30 minutes after your infusion to make sure you are not nauseated and are steady on your feet before you go.
  • When the infusion ends, we will monitor you for any adverse side effects and ensure that you are adequately recovered prior to going home.
  • Please wear clothes that are comfortable and also provide full access to your arms.
  • Feel free to bring some music to listen to during your infusion.
  • Most patients feel it helps or enhances the treatment if they don’t speak and close their eyes during the infusion.
  • You will need to have someone accompany you and stay during your treatment. They will also be required to drive you home afterward.
  • You may not eat anything 6 hours prior or drink anything for 2 hours prior to your infusion or we may need to reschedule your treatment.
  • Coordinating with your MHP is one of the best ways to optimize your treatment.
  • Benzodiazepines can ‘compete’ with Ketamine. To get the best benefit, it is best to discontinue this class of drugs before treatment.
  • Be prepared to be in a quiet and comfortable space for at least 1 ½ hours.

If you have questions about what to expect, you can find additional information on the FAQs page, or fill out a Contact Request.