FAQ: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a referral?
A referral is not needed.
How soon can I be seen?
It is our goal for you to begin treatment within a few days of your first phone consultation. Most patients are seen within one week of their initial inquiry.
Is there an age requirement to have a ketamine infusion?
There are no age limits.
Will I have privacy for my infusion?
Yes, each patient will receive an infusion in a private room.
Is Ketamine safe?
Yes, ketamine has a very safe track record. Patients are continuously monitored for cardiac, pulse, oxygen, and blood pressure. Patients are under continuous visual observation by medical staff.
What is involved in receiving a ketamine infusion?
Infusions are given in a private room, with heart and vital signs monitoring, and one on one monitoring by clinic staff. After the appropriate dose of Ketamine is determined the ketamine is given intravenously over a prescribed time. This is usually 50 – 55 minutes for mood disorders and 4 hours for pain patients. Most patients have a peaceful, relaxing, and introspective experience.
How many ketamine infusions will I receive?
For our mood disorder patients, we provide a series of 6 infusions over 1-3 weeks. For our chronic pain patients, we provide five 4 hour long infusions given over five consecutive days. We suggest you complete your series to maximize ketamine’s brain repairing abilities.
What conditions can ketamine treat?
Ketamine can be effective in the treatment of mood and pain disorders.
What side effects can I expect during and after an infusion?
Responses to ketamine vary from patient to patient. You will be awake during the infusion and can watch a tranquil video, listen to music or just meditate. During the infusion, most patients have a mild dissociative experience. Once the infusion is complete, the dissociative effects of the drug rapidly dissipate and are often gone within 20-30 minutes. Some people may be fatigued, develop a headache, or have some nausea after the infusion. Pain patients generally take 60-90 minutes of rest following the infusion before they feel comfortable leaving our clinic.
Are there any other side effects I should be concerned about?
There are no long term or permanent side effects of ketamine infusion therapy when administered by a responsible clinician in a medical setting.
Can I eat or drink before my appointment?
You cannot eat 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. You may have clear liquids up to two hours before your appointment. Do not smoke, consume alcohol, or illicit drugs as they can pose a safety risk and interfere with the effectiveness of the ketamine therapy.
How often should I come back after my initial series of infusions?
A maintenance program is on an as-needed basis with some patients having 1-2 boosters per month starting 3 months post treatment while others may go 2 years before coming back.
Can I get addicted to ketamine?
No, ketamine given in low doses as administered in a clinic is not addictive.
Will my current medications interfere with my ketamine infusions?
Please inform us of all medications you are taking. If you are taking any of the following:
– Lamictal (generic name Lamotrigine). Patients should allow 6 hours between taking Lamictal and the start of their infusion. They should wait 6 hours after their infusion before resuming Lamictal.
– Patients taking large doses of benzodiazepines may have a reduced response to ketamine. This does not mean you can’t receive ketamine treatment while taking benzodiazepines. It is perfectly safe. We want to ensure the best possible chances for your success, so we may ask you to skip a dose 12 hours before the start of your infusion and wait 6 hours after treatment before resuming your benzodiazepine. Some common brand names are Xanax (Alprazolam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Valium (Diazepam), and Klonopin (Clonazepam).
– SSRIs and tricyclics do not interfere with ketamine. There is no need to stop them.
– If you are taking opiates, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatories, there is no need to adjust your dose. We can assist you in reducing or tapering off any medications that are contraindicated, cause a reduced response to ketamine, or that you would like to stop taking due to negative side effects, ineffectiveness, or price. You should not adjust your dose or frequency of use of any prescribed medication without first consulting with your prescribing physician.
Is there anyone who should avoid ketamine therapy?
Patients with a history of seizures, asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure, cardiac disease, or pulmonary problems need to have written authorization by their primary care physician before under going a ketamine infusion.
How can I get started?
You can contact our office and we will email you a medical history form to be completed. After we have received the completed form you can schedule your appointment.
Will my insurance company pay for ketamine therapy?
Some providers offer reimbursement for ketamine therapy. We can assist you in finding out whether or not your provider is one of them prior to your having treatment and will provide you with the necessary documents to submit to your insurer for reimbursement. We require payment at the time of treatment.
What kind of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and cash. CareCredit is the nation’s leader in patient healthcare financing. Click the following link to fill out an application: carecredit.com or call them at (800) 677-0718.
We also offer In House Financing with no credit check. We require a 20% down payment with the balance paid over 18 months. See the front desk for more details.